Bridal Veil Falls is a short hike in Yosemite National Park not to be confused with Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon. This hike is very short and leads to a towering waterfall. The water cascades off a massive granite wall to a height of 620 feet! Since the hike is short and paved, it is appropriate for anyone. It is even possible, though not easy to take a stroller on this hike.
To get to the Bridal Veil Falls trailhead, head toward Yosemite Valley. Right when the road splits, take a left away from the Valley. There is a sign pointing south to Glacier Point Road and Bridal Veil Falls. You don’t have to travel far to get to the parking area. In fact, it is almost immediate, so if you go more than 100 yards, you missed it. There are restrooms at the trailhead, and the biggest trouble you’ll have is finding parking.
The trail starts out running east out of the far end of the parking lot. It only runs about a quarter mile at most and is less than a half mile round trip. After the first few hundred yards, the trail turns right and climbs for a short distance. There is an overlook at the bottom of the falls, and you can barely get the full cascade in a picture! The return trip is equally short and downhill.
We highly recommend this hike to Bridal Veil Falls as an introduction to Yosemite National Park. As you are going in, make this brief stop and let the kids run up to the waterfall. You won’t be sorry! For other kid friendly hikes in Yosemite, click here.