The Cascades picnic area offers a picturesque slice of Yosemite, all just a few miles past the park entrance. It's the first major stop when entering the park via the El Portal entrance on the west side of the valley and across the street from The Cascades viewing area. Wedding ceremonies can be held anywhere in the picnic area as long as you are six feet from the Merced River. While a good number of people stop at The Cascades viewpoint there’s a nearly abandoned trail that leads up closer to The Cascades. I've also found the picnic area to be lightly used. This also happens to be one of my favorite elopement locations down in the Yosemite Valley.
Maximum Guests- 30
Open Year Round
Elevation - 3.468 ft
Best Time of Day - Mornings, and Afternoons
Parking at Site