This Yosemite Hike Might Have the Best Views of North America’s Tallest Waterfall

Perched majestically above Yosemite Valley in California, Eagle Peak stands tall over the wilderness of Yosemite National Park. As the highest of the Three Brothers rock formation, this independent peak offers hikers an unparalleled vantage point to behold the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape—an experience once lauded by naturalist John Muir as “most comprehensive of all the views.”

Embarking on the journey to Eagle Peak is no small feat, with adventurers traversing the Upper Yosemite Falls and Eagle Peak trails—a challenging endeavor spanning 6.0 miles one way, with a staggering ascent of over 3,500 feet. The trailhead, nestled near Yosemite Village at Camp 4, serves as the starting point for an unforgettable expedition into the heart of Yosemite’s wilderness.

A YouTuber recently found out just how powerful the views are on the hike:

For those seeking alternative routes, Eagle Peak can also be accessed from Tamarack Flat Campground off Tioga Pass Road, or via Yosemite Creek Campground—a choice that promises a rugged adventure through dense forests and rocky terrain.

While the allure of Eagle Peak beckons year-round, caution is advised during winter months, as navigating snow-covered trails without the aid of markers requires advanced skill and preparation.

Spring, summer, and fall offer optimal conditions for hiking, though proper planning is essential. Hikers are urged to carry an ample supply of water, a water filtration system, and sufficient food for the journey, particularly during the scorching summer months when dehydration poses a significant risk.

With an average round-trip trail time of 8.5 hours, setting out early in the morning ensures ample time to savor the journey and return before nightfall. A reliable headlamp is also recommended, providing a beacon of light should darkness descend upon the trail unexpectedly.

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