Chilnualna Falls Trailhead

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Quick Facts

Animal-Safe Food Storage, Restroom, Trailhead

Chilnualna Falls, pronounced "Chil-noo-al-na," flows all year, with peak flow in May. It is a strenuous hike, but well worth it for its views of the falls and Wawona Dome.

Chilnualna Falls are comprised of five large cascades sliding through and over large granite formations above the Wawona basin - water here is fullest in spring and early summer. This strenuous trail allows for you to view the Chilnualna Falls cascades in many locations along the hike and also rewards you with expansive views overlooking Wawona during your uphill climb.

8.2 miles (13 km) round trip, 5 to 6 hours
2,400 ft (732 m) elevation gain


Getting Here:
Begin at Chilnualna Falls Trailhead parking area located two miles up Chilnualna Falls Road, off of Wawona Road. The trail leads from the parking area across the road and along Chilnualna Creek for a 1/2 mile (.8 km). A series of switchbacks lead away from the creek into the open forest.

Rules & Regulations:
Stay on established trails
Pets are not allowed on hiking trails.
Bears and other wildlife can be present on trails at any time. Feeding or approaching wildlife is dangerous and illegal! Be sure to keep your food within arm's reach at all times, or store properly.

Hazards & Warnings:
Bring plenty of drinking water, Summer temperatures can be extreme.
Always carry a map and compass, and wear sturdy footwear with good traction.

This trail is not accessible