Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Foresta Falls

Latitude, Longitude: 37.692776, -119.759844

Foresta Falls is a pleasant surprise rewarding adventurous Yosemite visitors looking for something off the beaten path. Nestled near the re-built private community of Foresta, the main tier of the waterfall drops roughly 60 feet or so. In addition to the main drop photographed above, there are also cascades above it. However, getting closer to them requires a bit of a scramble through some dry branches with a chance of ticks getting on you. You can get to Foresta by ascending from Route 140 towards Route 120 along the Big Oak Flat Road. After passing through three small tunnels, look for a turnoff to your left, which leads through an area once devastated by the A-Rock Fire back in 1990. Continue roughly two miles into the private community of Foresta (signpost B5) where the road continues (probably a walking trail at this point) beyond the village. The view of the lower falls you see above requires that you descend down a switchback branching left. It's probably about 1.5 miles round trip from Foresta.