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Top 10 of the most beautiful waterfalls of California

California is a land rich in waterfalls. Weakened after the summer drought, in winter and spring they gain unprecedented strength and appear in all their natural beauty. The most famous of the California falls is in Yosemite Park. It is included in the top of the tallest waterfalls in the world. ForumDaily prepared for you the route to the ten most beautiful waterfalls in California.

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McWay Falls

The Julia Pfeiffer Burns National Park in Monterey is home to one of California's most unique waterfalls. He earned this title not because of size or power, but because it never dries up. Stream height - 24 meters. The waterfall is not only eternally alive, but also located in a place that remains green all year round. The secret is that both the Macway waters and the trees in the area are fed by a large underground river.

Macway falls off a cliff into a beautiful bay with sandy beaches, but, alas, tourists are not allowed on them - it is dangerous. The rocks are constantly crumbling, and a walk along the beach can end in disaster. All that remains is to admire from the observation deck both the paradise beach and the once residential and luxurious “House by the Waterfall”. It was built in 1870, and in the 40s of the last century the house was bought by Helen Hooper Brown, wife of Congressman Lathrop Brown. The owners traveled to their romantic home by funicular. When the building began to collapse, Helen could not find buyers and simply left the House by the Falls with a large lock on the door. Now only stone ruins and a terrace remain from the house.

Parking: $ 10

Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Crystal Creek Falls

This waterfall has its own secret, but only those who are very familiar with the history of the local surroundings of Lake Shasta can unravel it. The noisy and seething Crystal Creek is the work of human hands.

There are several waterfalls around Lake Shasta, some are even gathered in ensembles, but it is difficult and only an experienced tourist to get to them. You can walk to Crystal Creek Falls without sports training. Perhaps it was precisely because people had a hand in it.

When in the 20s of the last century it was necessary to divert water from the Trinity River, several large reservoirs were created on Lake Shasta. One of them, according to the engineers, must be constantly devastated. Then came the idea to build an 17-mile tunnel through which water will merge. That's the whole secret of Crystal Creek.

Parking: $ 10

Address: Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta

Horstale Falls

Someone compares it to the northern lights in the southern style, someone calls water lava, and someone is ready to argue that the whole thing is about the LEDs that the cunning rangers of Yosemite Park have built somewhere under the water.

The yellow, orange, red colors in which the Horstail water stream is painted is a visual deception of nature, a phenomenon associated with the refraction of light. The water becomes fiery and it seems as if the El Capitan mountain range is engulfed in flames.

Horstale's phenomenal glow can be seen in the second half of February, at sunset. But at other times of the year the waterfall is beautiful in its own way, and the landscapes are simply mesmerizing. Professionals say the best location to shoot is the north road that leads to Yosemite Valley from Mount El Capitan.

Parking: $ 20

Address: Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Falls

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Yosemite is a cascade of waterfalls on the Yosemite Creek. Their total height is 739 meters. Yosemite is the tallest waterfall in North America and the 20th highest in the world. Yosemite Falls falls from the sheer cliff of Mount El Capitan. If you come to these parts in the summer, you will simply see a bare rock without a hint of a stormy and powerful stream. But from December to April, Yosemite is striking in scale and incredible speed. The noise of the waterfall can be heard from a dozen kilometers away. Perhaps it is because of this hum of water that the American naturalist and philosopher, one of the founders of the system of reserves in the United States, John Muir, called Yosemite Falls the most melodious water in the world.

Parking: $ 20

Address: Yosemite Village, CA 95389

Waterfall nevada

Nevada Falls is sometimes mistakenly removed from the list of California beauties, but this almost 200-meter waterfall is located right here in Yosemite National Park. Mount Liberty Cap rises above the waterfall, which is over 2150 meters high. It is this neighborhood - white foam of water and a cloud of splashes against the backdrop of a huge mountain - that makes Nevada Falls especially beautiful.

Tourists who come to admire the waterfall are told such a legend. The Akhvanichi tribe, which once lived in the Yosemite Valley, called this waterfall Cholok, meaning "full of spirits." And these spirits are women and children who went to fetch water to a powerful stream and disappeared without a trace. Who knows if there is even a grain of truth in this legend, but just in case, tourists are strictly forbidden to swim in this and other waterfalls in Yosemite Park.

Parking: $ 20

Address: Yosemite Village, CA 95389

Bridevale Falls

The name of this waterfall in Yosemite Park translates as "Bride's Veil". There are several versions of why it was called that way. The most common suggests that the spray of a turbulent waterfall draws a train in the air that resembles a veil. Another version convinces that the waterfall was called “the veil of the bride” because its flow is too variable. When a strong wind rises, it deviates to the side.

Indeed, in windy weather, and you can witness the breathtaking scenery: the waterfall begins to "walk" on the mountain. By the way, the inconstancy of Bridevale is also manifested in size. In winter and spring, its height is 180 meters, and in summer, the waterfall dries up and does not even reach the ground.

Parking: $ 20

Address: Yosemite Village, Bridalveil Fall, CA 95389

Ribbon Falls

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Ribbon is called a lazy waterfall. This is the only mountain water stream that you can admire without leaving your car. Its height is 491 meters.

Ribbon Falls are sometimes confused with Yosemite Falls, because outwardly these wonders of nature are very similar. Only to Yosemite you need to walk, and at Ribbon you can watch right from the highway.

And Ribbon is the most "predatory" of all the waterfalls in the park. If most water streams coexist peacefully with the rock from which they fall, then Ribbon eats about half a meter of stone every year and moves into the depths of the park.

Parking: Free on the highway or $ 20 entry to the park

Address: Yosemite Village, CA 95389

Phantom waterfalls

The uniqueness of Ghost Falls is not in the size or power of the flow. The fact is that these cascades appear only in the spring, when snow begins to melt on the high-mountain slopes of the Cordillera. A real stormy river suddenly breaks down from the mountains, which, after a few weeks, also suddenly disappears. The height of the waterfalls is just over 50 meters.

Parking: Free options

Address: Phantom Falls, Butte

Alamere Falls

The Alamere Falls is a natural wonder that doesn't have even a dozen brothers. A waterfall that falls directly into the ocean is a unique phenomenon. Therefore, it is not surprising that Alamere is the only waterfall in California, at the foot of which seals have set up a rookery. The most active season in Alamere is from December to May. At this time, the stream is really stormy, and the rock turns into an emerald color due to the peculiarities of the water. The height of the waterfall is 12 meters.

Parking: Free options

Address: Coast Trail, Bolinas

Heart Rock Falls

These lands - the vicinity of Lake Gregory - are called California Switzerland.

On the map, it is designated Sealy Creek, but tourists nicknamed it the Heart Rock Falls. There are no romantic stories and heartbreaking legends at the heart of this name. But the niche in the rock, which was pierced by the water, has a very real heart shape. The waterfall itself is not high - about 8 meters. But the fact that the water has carved an almost perfect pattern in the stone makes this little mountain stream worthy of our top. By the way, his heart opens only to those who conquer the mountain - climb the boulders to the very top, from where the water runs.

Parking: Free options

Address: CA-138, Crestline

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