Lower Cascade, Upper Chilnualna Falls, Yosemite National Park

Upper Chilnualna Falls - the Lower Cascade

The biggest cascade in Chilnualna Falls is the hardest one to see. This view is probably the best available, and it's from about a quarter mile away (via a 300 mm telephoto lens). It only shows about half the cascade; from this point it turns left and drops another hundred feet or so before settling down. If you want a closer view, you can edge your way out onto a rather unsettling vantage point just above the lip of the fall, a spot probably more invigorating for its danger than its views. There's someone there in this photo - look for the tiny hiker in the green shirt just to the left of the falls.