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Yosemite Waterfall

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Yosemite Waterfall

Yosemite Falls is the highest measured waterfall in North America. Located in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada of California, it is a major attraction in the park, especially in late spring when the water flow is at its peak.
The total 2,425 feet (739 m) from the top of the upper falls to the base of the lower falls qualifies Yosemite Falls as the sixth highest waterfall in the world, though with the recent discovery of Gocta Cataracts, it appears on some lists as seventh.

The majestic Yosemite Waterfalls are iconic symbols of natural beauty as they are set in impossibly scenic valleys and canyons. Thus, I tend to think of Yosemite National Park as California's Waterfall Mecca.

Every year, millions of visitors pay homage to Yosemite National Park's grandeur and beauty. I once heard on a Travel Channel show that the first white men who saw the incomparable Yosemite Valley were so awestruck by its beauty that it made them cry. It's one of those places that you've got to see at least once in your life - especially in spring when the waterfalls thunder as they tumble and plunge their way down from vertical cliffs at least 1000ft tall!
The concentration of towering cataracts within its incomparable Valley as well as its variety of falls outside the Valley will delight waterfall lovers. In addition to the famous Yosemite Waterfalls such as Yosemite Falls (one of the tallest waterfalls in the world) and Bridalveil Fall, you can find the classic Vernal Fall, the unusual Waterwheel Falls, and the ephemeral Horsetail Falls (a photographer's challenge) among others. Couple that with landmarks (such as El Capitan and Half Dome) and you couldn't ask for a better place to see waterfalls.

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls from Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
37°45′18″N 119°35′50″W
Total height
2,425 ft (739 m)
Number of drops
Longest drop
1,430 ft (436 m)
World height ranking

Outside of the Valley, you can find Yosemite Waterfalls in varied landscapes from the sharp granite peaks of Unicorn Peak and Cathedral Peak to the fjord-like scenery at Hetch Hetchy.

Popular culture holds many images of California - palm trees and beaches, Hollywood film studios and premieres, the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, drive-through trees - and waterfall-bedecked Yosemite Valley.

The spectacular scenery of Yosemite would be famous just for its cliffs, forests and meadows, but the waterfalls give it life, movement, and special interest. People are strongly drawn to the falls, to take pictures and have their picture taken. They clamber to the bases, hike to the tops, swim in the pools at the bottom, and are swept to their deaths over the giddying drops. If this national park were a man-made theme park, the theme would be "waterfalls".

Nowhere else in the world is there such a concentration of major waterfalls. Ribbon and Upper Yosemite rank among the world's highest, Bridalveil, Yosemite, and Vernal among the best known. From almost any point on the valley floor one can see at least one waterfall. From Sierra Point one can see four major and several minor falls. In springtime of a year with abundant snowfall there are dozens of ephemeral falls, some of prodigous height -- El Capitan Falls drops 1400 feet and often blows entirely away before reaching the bottom. Some falls, such as Cascade and Silver Strand, which would be famous anywhere else, are hardly mentioned in the guidebooks, while others, such as Snow Creek, are so difficult of access that almost no-one ever sees them. Staircase Falls is so lost against the immensity of the cliffs at Glacier Point that people who suddenly discern it feel they have made a personal discovery.

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The Ahwahneechee Legend

The Ahwahneechee people of Yosemite Valley called the waterfall "Cholock" and believed that the plunge pool at its base was inhabited by the spirits of several witches, called the Poloti. An Ahwaneechee folktale describes a woman going to fetch a pail of water from the pool, and drawing it out full of snakes. Later that night, after the woman had trespassed into their territory, the spirits caused the woman's house to be sucked into the pool by a powerful wind, taking the woman and her newborn baby with it.