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Upper Yosemite Falls

Upper Yosemite Falls Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley, California USA

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“one of the world's highest falls!”

Upper Yosemite Fall: The 1,430-foot (440 m) plunge alone is among the twenty highest waterfalls in the world. Trails from the valley floor and down from other park areas outside the valley lead to both the top and base of Upper Yosemite Fall. The upper fall is formed by the swift waters of Yosemite Creek, which, after meandering through Eagle Creek Meadow, hurl themselves over the edge of a hanging valley in a spectacular and deafening show of force. At the base of falls was located the main village of the native people of Yosemite Valley - Ahwahneechee people. The Ahwahneechee people called the waterfall "Cholock" ("the fall") 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.

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Greek_nomad

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September 25, 2014
Rated 5.0

The whole Yosemite area is breathtaking and each site has its own task. Upper Yosemite Fall is the greatest spot which when you arrive you enjoy a panoramic view of the whole valley.

It is not easy to get to the top but it adds more when you know you have achieved finishing the hiking trail.

If you like photography, manage to have a camera with you, except from the water and food supplies, and you will be offered the perfect scenery for you.

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Upper Yosemite Falls

Upper Yosemite Falls Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Valley, California
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