Bridal Veil Falls and Three Graces, Yosemite The Yosemite Valley is nearly in the center of the state of California north and south, and just midway between the east and west basins of the Sierra, here a little over 70 miles wide. The valley is anearly level area, about six miles in length, and from half a mile to a mile in width, sunken almost a mile in perpendicular depth below the general level of the region. It may be roughly likened to a gigantic trough holowed out in the mountains, nearly at right angle to their regular trend. Down the many side gulches or canyons descend streams, forks of the Merced, coming down the steeps in a series of stupendous waterfalls. On the side of Cathedral Rock, which faces the entrance of Merced River into the valley, Bridal Veil Creek falls over a precipice 630 feet high and then forms a number of smaller cascades that together make a descent of 300 feet more. The fall is very beautiful. In its leaps the column of water is swayed hither and thither by the wind, and nearly dissolved into spray, which makes the fanciful name very appropriate. The Yosemite Valley Fall has a clear leap of 1,500 feet from the top of the cliff.
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