Yosemite National Park, Bridalveil Falls Spring Storm

Yosemite National Park, Bridalveil Falls Spring Storm

Yosemite National Park,  Bridalveil Falls is shrouded in the swirling of a Spring storm. Prominent as you enter Yosemite Valley, it’s hard not to notice the beauty of Bridalveil Fall. The native people of Yosemite Valley, the Ahwahneechee Indians, called the fall “Pohono” meaning “spirit of the puffing wind.” Early Yosemite pioneers named it Bridal Veil Fall because of the flow’s resemblance to a bride’s veil swaying in the wind.
Bridal Veil Fall flows all year with peak flow in May.

Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, seen yearly by millions of visitors to Yosemite National Park. The waterfall is 188 metres (617 ft) in height and flows year round.

The Ahwahneechee tribe believed that Bridalveil Fall was home to a vengeful spirit named Pohono who guarded the entrance to the valley and that those leaving the valley must not look directly into the waterfall lest they be cursed. They also believed that inhaling the mist of Bridalveil Fall would improve one’s chances of marriage.  https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/bridalveilfalltrail.htm

Plunging 620 feet (189 meters), Bridalveil Fall is often the first waterfall you’ll see when entering Yosemite Valley. In spring, it thunders; during the rest of the year, look for its characteristic light, swaying flow. A paved trail leads from the parking area to the base of this waterfall, which flows year-round. Although paved, this is trail is not wheelchair accessible due to its grade.
The trail to Bridalveil Fall is open year-round. When the water is at its peak in spring and early summer, you can expect to get wet! In some cases the spray is so strong, you may not even be able to easily access the end of the trail. Expect icy and very slick conditions in winter.

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