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Yosemite In A Day Tour from San Francisco
"The tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel or in front of The Parc 55 Hotel in one of our comfortable vans. We will then drive east across the San Francisco Bay Bridge with views of San Francisco Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. We will continue on through the Central Valley (San Joaquin Valley) of California. The Central Valley is the largest food growing region in the United States. We will drive past almond walnut cherry and other fruit and nut orchards. After making a quick stop for snacks we will continue on into the Sierra Nevada foothills and California’s gold country where we will drive through the historic gold country town of Groveland California and finally into the mountains and Yosemite National Park.Once in the park
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Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco
"Begin your journey with hotel pickup by luxury bus or van complete with posh amenities like hardwood style floors in the bus. After crossing the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge you'll travel through the Great Central Valley and into the Sierra foothills where the Forty-Niners panned for gold. Following the beautiful Merced River to the Sierra Nevada Mountains you'll enter Yosemite National Park. Glaciers cut through these mountains forming the spectacular granite monuments you'll see throughout the park. There are many sights and activities to keep you occupied. Visit the Ansel Adams art gallery or rent a bike (own expense). Spend time at the visitor's center to learn more about th reconvene and head back to San Francisco driving through the Stanislaus National Forest
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Family Hike in Yosemite
"Spend quality time with your family while hiking and learning the natural history of Yosemite National Park from our local guides. These interpretative tours combine short easy hike with outdoor educational sessions that will benefit children and pare lake or stream. These introductory hiking tours are perfect for beginners. Expect to hike four to five miles with minimal elevation gains. Tours will last approximately four to five hours. Moderate HikeEscape from the masses and take some of Yo"""Enjoy a pleasant half-day hike on a relatively gentle trail in Yosemite Valley or the High Country that will allow for excellent photo opportunities and a chance to picnic perched atop a magnificent vista point or alongside a meadow lake or stream. These introductory hiking tours are perfect for beginners."title=Highlights&1=Hike+through+Yosemite+or+the+High+Country+with+an+introductory+hike+perfect+for+the+whole+family&2=Select+the+best+hike+for+your+schedule%2C+with+multiple+times+offered+throughout+the+day&3=Bring+the+whole+family+on+an+outdoor+adventure
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Ribbon Falls Tips (12)

Ribbon Fall

After getting back on the main road, you'll see El Capitan looming off to your left, but just before the enormous monolith, you'll see this high, thin waterfall pouring from the peak just before El Capitan. It is so high (1612 feet!!) and distant that it looks almost delicate, but it's actually a fairly big splasher called the Ribbon Fall (although it only flows during the spring and early summer months). It empties into Ribbon Creek which runs through El Capitan Meadow below.

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acemj
Jun 09, 2004

Ribbons Falls - next to El Capitan

This is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world dropping 1612 feet but can only be viewed through the spring months. I've heard by July it will be dried up. Luckily for me we had a very rainy winter and deep snow pack so all the falls in the park were spectacular.

It's located next to El Capitan and can be viewed from the meadows in the Yosemite Valley. Directly across from it and more impressive is Bridalveil Falls.

There are no trails leading to Ribbon Falls.

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annk
Jun 10, 2005

This is Ribbon Falls

easily seen to the left of El Capitan from the Valley road, Ribbon creek drops a sheer 1,612 feet, making this the highest single drop waterfall in North America.
It is best to observe it in late Spring or early Summer since it usually dries up before most other falls.

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Virtuous_Tourist
Jun 07, 2003

Ribbon Fall

Ribbon Fall often goes unnoticed by park visitors, despite the fact it is the tallest free-falling waterfall in the US. Just west of El Capitan, Ribbon Fall plunges 1,612 feet from the rim of the valley to the valley floor; however, it usually dries out in June (I was lucky) since it only drains an area of 4 square miles. The fall can be viewed from Southside Drive as well as the Bridalveil Fall trail.

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chewy3326
Jun 30, 2006
 
 
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Ribbon Falls - The Name Says It All

Ribbon Falls may pale in comparison with Bridalveil Falls, but since they greet incoming travelers at roughly the same time, the less robust but much higher falls is worth a closer look. At 1,612 feet, Ribbon Falls enjoys the longest leap of any tumbler in the park, including the single plunge of Upper Yosemite Falls.

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mrclay2000
May 05, 2003

Ribbon Falls - A Different Look

When taken in a panorama with the forest and the brooding cliffs that form Yosemite Valley, even such a sliver of falling water as Ribbon Falls enhances the frame. Ribbon Falls is well-named, since its runoff is still amazingly thin despite the height of the spring snowmelt.

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mrclay2000
Oct 20, 2003

Ribbon Falls - On a Scale

Don't draw back too far though. Otherwise the Ribbon nearly disappears. In certain seasons the water barely appears at all. Like Yosemite Falls deeper into the Valley, the backdrop behind Ribbon Falls is a long shelf of mountain peaks and pine forests, usually snowbound into early June (though its effects on the falls vary considerably).

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mrclay2000
Oct 20, 2003

Ribbons Falls in April 2011

Ribbon Falls is often missed because it is dry in the later summer months, and because opposite it, in the western Yosemite Valley, is the very full and easy to access Bridal Veil Falls. Yet, Ribbon falls is among the world's highest falls at 1,612 feet. To locate Ribbon Falls look just west of El Capitan. During this year, the abundant rainfall made Ribbon Falls much more obvious.

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atufft
Apr 27, 2011

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Ribbon Falls

To the left of El Capitan is the highest
drop of a waterfall in the US - Ribbon Falls.
It usually dries up by this time but in 1979
it was still flowing, but a little. I rode a
bicycle here from San Francisco Airport and over
through the San Joaquin Valley and up from Kings Canyon
National Park.

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johncudw
Oct 26, 2006

Ribbon Falls

Ribbon Falls is one of the first and most impressive falls visitors will see when entering Yosemite Valley. At 1612 feet, it is also one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. This is however, a seasonal waterfall that only flows in the spring, usually until July. This waterfall is best viewed from a parking area about one-half mile east of Bridalveil Falls. There are no hiking trails to Ribbon Falls.

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Ewingjr98
Apr 03, 2007

Ribbon Falls

Ribbon Falls is approriately named. It's narrow and hard to spot, tucked in a little nook next to El Capitan. It's one of the last waterfalls to appear in spring and one of the first to dry up as it only drains 4 small creeks. However, when Ribbon Falls can be seen, it is indeed and impressive sight. It is the highest single waterfall in the park and the highest single waterfall in North America falling 1,612 feet from the top of the cliff before it hits land again. In contrast, Upper Yosemite Falls plummets just 1,430 feet. When combined with the middle cascades (675 feet) and the Lower Falls (320 feet), Yosemite Falls totals 2,425 feet in 3 seperate falls. Ribbon Falls, because it dries up so early, is usually only seen in the late winter and early spring, best between March and May. After May it's rather iffy.

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Ischyros
Aug 17, 2003

Ribbon Falls and El Capitan in April 2013

Ribbon Falls goes away in summer, so the best time to visit this beauty is definitely in spring. Here are images from Spring 2013, somewhat of a drought year, but just after a small rain storm. For those looking for it, Ribbon Falls is located on the west side of El Capitan, along the north rim of the Yosemite Valley. In some of these images, you can also see the west side of El Capitan, the monolithic rock climbers favorite. Of course, not much as changed with El Cap in thousands of years.

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atufft
Apr 04, 2013

Things to Do Near Ribbon Falls

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Bridal Veil Falls

This is the second highest falls in the park and the highest one that runs year round. it plunges 189 meters from the surrounding mountains into the Yosemite valley. There is an about 1/2 mile trail...
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Ahwahnee Hotel

We didn't stay at the Ahwahnee Hotel, so I can't comment on its lodging attributes, but we did have a few rounds at the bar after a long day of hiking, and we spent about 30-40 minutes walking around...
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Sentinel Dome

This is a hiking trail that you MUST take when you visit yosemite. The ease vs the reward comparison is unmatched in the whole park. Located just two to three miles before the end of Glacier Point...
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Valley

This is a must do, even if there is traffic. The views are amazing and there are plenty of parking along side the road if there is a view you would like to see a little longer.Coming into the valley,...
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Glacier Point

Okay, they say a photo is worth a thousand words, so I have, by way of the photos here ALREADY written 5,000 words ^O^. But if you have the time, take the road up to Glacier Point, it is one of those...
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Cemetery

Numerous native Americans, pioneers, and park visitors are buried at the cemetery that is located between the museum complex and the worker residential housing to the west. Most notable that I found...
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