The best shot of it in my opinion is not close up (like this one) but from the westbound road through the valley directly opposite from the falls.
Many people walk to the base of the falls-when it is flowing strongly, it creates an eternal shower through the surrounding trees that can felt from hundreds of feet away.
Parking is often a terrific problem at the foot of Bridalveil Falls. Visitors sometimes will merely park on the road and walk the extra half-mile to see this wonder, which divides its admirers with the other falls across the road.
Among the first major stops for visitors coming to the Valley, Bridalveil Falls enjoys a unique position quite isolated from the other attractions farther along the park road. Its name is most suited to its character. Winds at the top of this 600+ foot waterfall strip away the mist and water from the very top, leaving a sheer curtain of water to plunge to the forest below. You can see from this photo the dispersion at the bottom, where hikers at the base get a bath for their efforts, and listen to what seems the roar of jet engines from the top.
Bridalviel Fall is a short walk from a spacious parking lot. It is the waterfall that can be seen from Tunnel View directly across the valley from El Capitan. Follow the paved trail in the southeast corner of the parking lot a few hundred yards til another trail branches off to the right. The trail is unmarked so watch for it. After a steep climb through trees and rocks the waterfall will come into view on the right as the trail ends a way-too-small viewing area. During spring runoff, expect to get soaked with mist here!
Bridal Veil Falls, our first stop on 12 September, 2009. From here we drove to a nearby parking lot and took a shuttle bus that brought us to Mirror Lake.
I can't add anything more information than what's here now, but here's another picture for you to enjoy.
Our next stop into Yosemite was Bridal Veil Falls. It is probably Yosemite's second most popular waterfall. I was able to get up close to the falls. Very spectacular!!!
A 620 foot waterfall flowing from a U-shaped hanging valley into the main gorge from the south, visible after 2 miles along the scenic drive.