Carlon Falls Hike Photos in Mid Summer

I’ll never forget the first time I finally checked out these beautiful creekside landscapes on the way into the park on SR120. While they are stunning and lush in spring, it’s also wonderful to explore in winter snow as well. (My main destination gallery further down the page features that scenery.) Anyhow, here are photos from a Carlon Falls hike in June.

Sunlight through trees, on riverside trail
Sunlight through trees, on trail

Although it feels more like a creek, the water flowing through here is actually the south fork of the Tuolumne River. The trail (at this time of year) is quite cool and green.

Trail Photos – Carlon Falls Hike

- Carlon Falls hike photos

This hike is a piece of cake. Only a few miles round trip, and basically no incline to speak of. Due to it’s higher elevation (1,000ft more than Yosemite Valley), it stays relatively cool in summer.

Orange Alpine Lily Flowers on Riverbank - Carlon Falls hike photos
Orange Alpine Lily Flowers on Riverbank

You’ll notice beautiful wildflowers and indian rhubarb growing in and around the water. Of course, the best part of this hike is the majestic waterfall you reach at the end. In fact, I have taken quite a few long exposure photos of small falls and flowing water in this area.

Scenery along South Fork Tuolumne River
Scenic, Riverside Trail

For more about that (and to see the actual falls, of course), check out my main Carlon Falls destination page. As mentioned earlier, this area is also quite beautiful in the snow. The higher elevation means the chances of snow here are better than in lower Yosemite Valley.

For more photos from my treks in the park, visit my Yosemite trails page.

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Photographer Nathan Allen

I’m Nathan Allen, photographer / creator of (Yosemite Photos) and international travel site I Dreamed Of This. In truth, I lived in San Francisco, New York, & Singapore…but nothing compares to life in the mountains. I share my experiences HERE.