Chilnualna Falls Trail

Wawona, CA
Length: 8.20 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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This strenuous 8.2 mile loop takes you along cascading Chilnualna Creek to a series of falls, comprised of five large cascades sliding through and over rock formations about the Wawona Basin.

The trail leads from the bottom of the parking area and along cascading Chilnualna Creek for a half-mile. A series of switchbacks then lead away from the creek into the open forest, where you’ll get views of the Wawona area.

The water is fullest in the spring and early summer. Carry plenty of water with you in the summer when the temperatures are extreme.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 2,400 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Camping Nearby, Creek / River, Rockclimbing, Viewpoint, and Waterfall

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $30.00

Yosemite National Park fee is $30 per vehicle

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