A long detour to the southeast now takes us into the Bridalveil Creek Basin.
Three of the five falls, the Bridalveil, Yosemite and Illilouette, leap from hanging valleys into the main canyon.
The road now passes near Bridalveil Fall, charming glimpses of which are now and then revealed.
Between them is Nature's threshold, the brilliantly verdant Bridalveil Meadows, dotted with dark green pines and oaks.
Just below a very large rock at the east margin of Bridalveil Creek is the site of the ancient village of Lem-me´-hitch´-ke.
First seen and most graceful is the Bridalveil, dropping daintily 620 feet at the right portal of the great valley gate.
We continue southward, crossing a tributary of Bridalveil Creek and gradually mounting the slope beyond.
Bearing southward we cross a small stream and traverse a rather flat lodgepole pine forest, finally fording Bridalveil Creek.