Angel Falls and Devils Slide

Angel Falls and Devils Slide were a pair of waterfalls on Willow Creek that spilled into the popular play areas on the north shore of Bass Lake. Of the two named waterfalls on Willow Creek…

Corlieu Falls and Red Rock Falls

Corlieu Falls and Red Rock Falls were a couple of waterfalls on Lewis Creek, which sat between the southern boundary of Yosemite National Park and Oakhurst. I looked upon these waterfalls as an…

Whisky Falls (Whiskey Falls)

Whisky Falls (I’ve also seen it spelled Whiskey Falls) was one of those waterfalls that we thought would be a breeze to visit because it didn’t require any hiking to see. Yet for one reason or another

Sardine Falls

Sardine Falls (also called Sardine Creek Falls) involved a little bit of an adventure for my Mom and I given that we had to get our feet wet in icy cold water while doing a little bit of route…

Onion Valley Waterfalls

The Onion Valley Waterfalls are what I’m dubbing the series of cascades draining the many lakes of Onion Valley between Kearsarge Pass and Independence. They were merely my waterfalling excus…

Moonlight Falls

Moonlight Falls is one of those backcountry waterfalls that’s really more of an incidental attraction in an area better known for 14,000ft peaks and alpine lakes…

“Glacier Point Falls”

“Glacier Point Falls” is the informal name I’m giving to this very short-lived waterfall. In all the years I’ve visited Yosemite and hiked the John Muir Trail, I never…

“Shadow Falls”

“Shadow Falls” is a name I’ve made up for this surprise cascade that I happened to see during a hike out to the scenic Shadow Lake. As a matter of fact…

Big Pine Creek Waterfalls

The Big Pine Creek Waterfalls are the series of waterfalls and cascades primarily on the North Fork of Big Pine Creek. But the real objective for visitors to this part of the…

Darwin Falls

Darwin Falls epitomized what was perhaps one of the great paradoxes when it comes to waterfalling in California. Sitting within the boundaries of Death Valley National Park, which was known as…

Boulder Creek Falls

Boulder Creek Falls is an interesting roadside waterfall off Hwy 190 between Springville and Ponderosa. It cascades besides the road before going underneath it as it continues…

Marble Falls

Marble Falls actually consists of several cascades both upstream and downstream from the main falls itself. I suspect the waterfall got its name because it seemed to be in the presence of rocks…

Black Wolf Falls

Black Wolf Falls is a conspicuous presence as you leave the Silver City and head into Mineral King Valley. Getting here on the long, narrow, and winding Mineral King Road…

“Mineral King Falls”

“Mineral King Falls” is an unofficial name for this tall but unnamed waterfall that you can see right off the unpaved Mineral King Road. Unfortunately, there aren’t…

Sheep Creek Cascade

The Sheep Creek Cascade lies on Sheep Creek, which provides the drinking water for the facilities at the Cedar Grove Lodge area. The trail to the falls follows…

Mist Falls

Mist Falls is another rare waterfall where less is more. In this instance, its turbulent springtime flow earns its name by producing a misty mess. Under these conditions…

“Quaking Aspen Falls”

Quaking Aspen Falls is a name I made up for a roadside waterfall on the Tioga Road near a sign keyed to Quaking Aspens according to the Yosemite Road Guide…

“Cathedral Lake Falls”

Cathedral Lake Falls is a name I made up for this easy-to-miss waterfall on the Tioga Road just before the Pywiack Dome. It doesn’t look like it’s accessible by normal means…

Lee Vining Canyon Waterfalls

The Lee Vining Canyon Waterfalls are waterfalls tumbling into the steep, avalanche-prone area that links the Tioga Pass Entrance of Yosemite to the Mono Lake Basin. Given the volume of snow here…

California Falls

California Falls is the next major ensemble of waterfalls you’ll see beyond the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp. There is a spur trail leading to its most photogenic spot…