Mariposa County, California, United States
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This waterfall has been surveyed, mapped and measured in person by the World Waterfall Database.
HISTORY AND NAMES
- Lehamite Falls is the Official name of this waterfall
According to Lafayette Bunnell, among those who discovered Yosemite Valley, Le-ham-i-te, meaning "arrow wood", was a term the Native American population in the valley used for Indian Canyon. When the name Indian Canyon was applied to its current feature, the title of Lehamite eventually drifted to the falls and creek adjacent. James Hutchings had suggested the name "Little Winkle" for the falls at one point and though it apparently appear on several maps under that title, the name never took.
Lehamite Falls, were it located practically anywhere else in the United States would be viewed as a waterfall of significance if only due to its height. But situated within Yosemite Valley - and literally adjacent to spectacular Yosemite Falls at that - Lehamite is a thoroughly overlooked cascade. This isn't, however, to say that Lehamite Falls is noteworthy of attention by all, but considering the falls can be viewed from many of the same areas which Yosemite Falls is so often enjoyed, it is a waterfall capable of garnering more attention than it receives.
Location and directions
Lehamite Falls is found directly behind Yosemite Village within Yosemite National Park. The falls are best seen at a distance and can be easily seen from Leidig and Cooks Meadows, as well as from parts of Yosemite Village itself. Approaching the base of the falls would involve scrambling about three-quarters of a mile up Indian Canyon, a task which also involves gaining about 1300 feet in elevation.
|Lehamite Falls is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.|
Additional Nearby Waterfalls
|Name of Waterfall||Distance|
|Royal Arch Cascade||0.96 mi / 1.54 km|
|Yosemite Falls||1.04 mi / 1.66 km|
|Staircase Falls||1.91 mi / 3.06 km|
|Columbia Cascade||1.92 mi / 3.07 km|
|Snow Creek Falls||2.4 mi / 3.83 km|
|Upper Snow Creek Falls||2.43 mi / 3.89 km|
|Tenaya Falls||2.77 mi / 4.44 km|
|Sentinel Fall||2.83 mi / 4.53 km|
|Eagle Creek Cascade||2.9 mi / 4.63 km|
|Vernal Fall||3.08 mi / 4.93 km|
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Full views of Lehamite Falls can only be had from a distance, so a powerful telephoto lens is necessary. As the best perspectives are had from Cooks Meadow - over a mile away from the falls - focal lengths of 200-300mm or greater would be advantageous. The falls face southwest and as they are situated in a narrow recess will only see direct sunlight for a matter of 3-4 hours in the early afternoon.
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