This year, I didn't walk up to the base of the falls like I usually do because I was chauffeuring my elderly parents. But, I did get several good pictures of the big flowing falls, plus images of Cathedral Peaks and Leaning Peak nearby.
Bridalveil Fall is located near the west end of Yosemite Valley, across the Valley floor from El Capitan. It's one of the first photo stops to welcome visitors to the Valley. At 620 feet, it's not the tallest by any means. But when you step out of the car in the parking lot, you already feel its thundering power and the moisture in the air. Follow the easy, paved trail to the bottom of the Fall to get a close-up view (and a shower). Half of the water gushing down the V-shaped cliff got blown away by the wind, forming a huge rainbow at the bottom. It's spectacular.
From the tunnel to Tunnel view, your next stop will be Bridalveil fall. You see the fall as you drive down towards the tunnel, but from the parking lot, the falls is giant and so close. From the parking lot, it is a 0.5 mile hike to the bottom of the falls. The giant drop creates a loud noise as the water drops down on giant boulders at its base and then is let our through a river that flows down hill.
It is impressive to see it up close. You actually do not need to leave the parking lot to see the falls. For those who do not like hiking or think 0.5 miles is long, you need not worry, you can literally stay in your car and see it just as well. It is located within the valley and close to the great views of El Capitan and the beautiful Tunnel view and Valley views.
I am a Yosemite Indian and when viewing Bridal Veil Falls, which we Yosemite Paiute people call Pohono there is a tale that goes with the falls. While many visitors see it as a very beautiful place we Yosemite Indians (Paiutes) have several spooky tales concerning Bridal Veil Falls.
Some non-Indians have translated our name for the place as "Spirit of the Puffing Wind", but in reality it means more like "Spirit of the blowing mist, which is evil". In olden days we Indian people were actually afraid of the falls and would quickly walk by it.
If you Google Pohono Falls Legend and Modesto Hive, you can see a great story on the Modesto Hive about the falls. It explains a lot. So next time you go to visit Bridal Veil Falls remember that there is a Paiute story behind the the beauty of the falls and enjoy your visit to our ancient homeland, Yosemite. You can also hit the link in "Contact" if it works to see the story.
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.
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.