Chilnualna Falls, Yosemite National Park

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Chilnualna Falls is a series of waterfalls totaling 690 feet (210 m), located on Chilnualna Creek in the southern section of Yosemite National Park.

The falls are a popular horseback riding destination. Chilnualna Falls consists of five tiers ranging from 30 to 300 feet (9–91 m) in height. The first tier is 90–120 feet (27–36 m) high. The second is a 30-foot (9 m) high cascade. The third and largest is 300 feet (91 m) high. The fourth is 60 feet (18 m) high. The final tier is a 180–210 foot (54–64 m) high cascade.

The trailhead to the falls is in the eastern extremity of Wawona, at the end of Chilnualna Creek Road. The trailhead elevation is approximately 4,000 feet (1,200 m), and the trail reaches the main portion of the waterfall at 6,200 feet (1,900 m).

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  • It’s amazing. You can either go to the lower falls, which is a downhill to the bridge (easily done with a dog stroller in 10 minutes) or go up the falls on a strenuous hike. My vote is the lower... 
    It’s amazing. You can either go to the lower falls, which is a downhill to the bridge (easily done with a dog stroller in 10 minutes) or go up the falls on a strenuous hike. My vote is the lower...  more »
  • This was one of our favorite hikes! NO Crowds, not too steep, but great views, soft trails and rushing waterfalls. Hard to beat! Watch for Mountain lions! 
    This was one of our favorite hikes! NO Crowds, not too steep, but great views, soft trails and rushing waterfalls. Hard to beat! Watch for Mountain lions!  more »
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  • My most favorite hike in the world, and I’m a world traveler. I don’t think anything I’ve seen so far is like this, the whole process is unique. Just Exhilarating!!
  • Must go place. Just beautiful.

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