Bridalveil Fall is a classic example of a glacial hanging valley. The main glacier in Yosemite Valley was able to carve deeper than the tributary glacier in Bridalveil Creek, so the bottom of Bridalveil Creek stands more than 600 feet higher than the floor of Yosemite Valley.The water was flowing at a seasonal high, and Bridalveil runoff was not sticking to the usual channels; it was flowing over the trail and through the parking lot, and the creek in the picture below was only one of three overflowing distributaries coming off the base of the fall. "Rain" was falling everywhere around the fall, and everyone hiking to the viewpoint came back soaked.
We came by in the twilight and had the falls more or less to ourselves. Bridalveil Fall and the adjacent Leaning Tower are two of the spots that make Yosemite a special place!