Yosemite Falls is one of the biggest tourist hooks in Yosemite Valley. Usually, people only think of the hiking trail to the fall, but since you’re also a biking lover, why don’t turn it into a cycling trip to one of the tallest waterfall in North America.
Using the paved path system of the valley, the ride kicks off from the Curry Village and weaves its way among the pine trees to the Lower Yosemite Falls Trailhead. Thanks to the valley’s flat terrain, this ride (as well as the others) is suitable for all skill levels. It’s also a great way to “get to know” the valley, but for a broader view of the region, we recommend you should try the Yosemite Valley Ride.
If you bypass the hiking trail to the waterfall, the ride can be completed within 30-45 minutes. But don’t or you’ll waste your chance to see a masterpiece of nature. Yosemite Fall is way much taller than Niagara or Shoshone Falls, and nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building! The Lower Yosemite Fall is the final drop of the fall, but it’s still 320 feet (98 meters) high. Expect to get a little wet when standing on the footbridge near its base.
A bit hilly and completely on paved paths.
The trail starts from Curry Village which offers a parking lot. Or get there by taking the free Valley Visitor Shuttle and get off at shuttle stop 13b.
Food and drink
The food selection at Curry Village promises to satisfy even the pickiest ones. Find your spot and have a decent breakfast before the ride. Then, at lunchtime, finish your hike to the fall at Yosemite Village which is the nearest catering option. Have a break here and return to Curry Village.
Park your car and rent a bike (if you don’t have one) at the Curry Village, then get on Curry Village Dr and follow the paved bike path along Northside Dr which leads you directly to Yosemite Fall.
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail doesn’t allow bicycles; however, you can find bicycle racks near the trailhead. If you are not interested in the hike, turn around to get back the bike paths.
On your way back to Curry Village, you’ll see the Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center where you can find all the information about Yosemite, the Sierra Nevada as well as the national parks.
Before heading to the trail, make sure you know all the rules when riding in Yosemite.
- Ride only on paved bicycle paths. Bicycles are not allowed on trails.
- Helmets are recommended for all ages. However, they are a must for those under 18.
- Obey all traffic laws and signs.
- Let pedestrians know when you’re passing them. When riding in groups, please ride single file on the right hand side of the path.
- Only one rider is allowed per bike. Passengers not permitted including babies.
- Rental bikes must stay in Yosemite Valley. However, they are not permitted on Mirror Lake Hill and Lower Yosemite Falls Trail.
- Don’t feed the wildlife
- And finally, please carry out your trash and food waste when leaving
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