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Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Disappearing Waterfalls

 
 
Disappering Waterfalls Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 9, 2009
1. Disappering Waterfalls Marker
Inscription.  At certain times of the year some of the Valley’s waterfalls disappear. Bridalveil keeps flowing even in late summer, when Yosemite Falls begins to dry up.

Above Yosemite Falls the terrain is largely bare granite; runoff is rapid. Bridalveil Creek’s green upper valley has more vegetation and deeper soil that absorb rain and snowmelt, slowing runoff to a relatively steady flow.

Recognizing that the vegetation above helps feed the falls, John Muir pushed for expansion of the park area to protect the entire watershed.

It is a 200 yard walk to the base of the fall. Be prepared for heavy spray, and watch your footing on the wet pathway.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentNatural Features.
 
Location. 37° 43.002′ N, 119° 39.09′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County. Marker can be reached from Wawona Road south of California Route 41. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glaciers at the Gate (approx. 0.3 miles away); El Capitan (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Varied View (approx. 0.4 miles away); A View Through Time (approx. 0.4 miles away); President Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir Meeting Site (approx. half a mile away); Rewards of Travel (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Journey to Yosemite (approx. 3.3 miles away); Waterfalls of Yosemite Valley (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
 
Sign on at the Entrance to the Bridalvail Falls Trail Parking Area. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 9, 2009
2. Sign on at the Entrance to the Bridalvail Falls Trail Parking Area.
Bridalvail Falls image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 9, 2009
3. Bridalvail Falls
Yosemite's Yesterdays image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Flying Spur Press, circa 1900
4. Yosemite's Yesterdays
The old Big Oak Flat Road into Yosemite was a major route to the Valley from 1874 until 1940. Bridalveil Falls may be seen across the Valley in this circa 1900 picture.
Description on postcard
Yosemite National Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By H. S. Crocker, Inc
5. Yosemite National Park
The famous Overhanging Rock here adds a pectacular touch to the edge of Glacier Point. Beyond are Yosemite Falls and the crest of the High Sierra.
Description on postcard
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 566 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 2, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on March 9, 2013. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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