"Ribbon Falls" Ribbon Falls Tip by Ischyros

Ribbon Falls, Yosemite National Park: 12 reviews and 19 photos

  Ribbon Falls
by Ischyros

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.

Address: Yosemite National Park
Directions: Unreachable on foot. Viewable from the road just west of El Capitan
Website: http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 17, 2003
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