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- 73%Adventure Travelers
- 68%Family Travelers
- 59%Green Travelers
- 51%Local Culture
User Reviews (23 Reviews)
- John Muir Vernal Falls Mist Trail HikeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAdventure TravelersSep 13, 2013
This is a great hike for everyone from children, to novices to experienced hikers. The trail head can be found at shuttle stop #16. After the first couple miles it forks and you can choose from several options. We chose vernal falls which is too rough for strollers although we passed several families with children between the ages of 6-10. Once the waterfall came into view we took a couple pictures and turned around. But most continued on to what looked like a very steep incline toward the top of the falls. One middle aged couple on their way down told us it had taken them an hour and a half from the top. Hiking the entire trail is our goal for next time!
- John Muir Vernal Falls Mist Trail HikeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 1Aug 07, 2013
This is not a walk in the park but definitely worth it. It's less than a mile to get up to the bridge where you can see the falls but the way up there is pretty steep. Not only the view at the top is beautiful but also the way up is amazing, the only downside of this trail is that there is not much shade in it so doing it around noon time when it's hot is not recommended.
- John Muir Vernal Falls Mist Trail HikeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersWellness+ 3Aug 05, 2013
How to decide which falls to hike? Get to know them all! Each one offers a unique view of the valley as well as a decent physical challenge. And while the views of the falls is awe inspiring from the ground, you just can't do better than the view from the top! This is a nice one since you can opt to go just to Vernal Falls alone, or you can continue on to the top of Nevada. And of course, the farther you go -- and therefore more hiking you do -- the farther away you'll get from the crowds on the trail.
- John Muir Vernal Falls Mist Trail HikeApr 26, 2013
You are right beside the roaring falls! It is a short slightly uphill walk to see Vernal Falls but much steeper (but short) to walk the steep trail to the top. Then almost level again to the base of Nevada Falls and, you guessed it, steep again to the top but oh so worth it!
- John Muir Vernal Falls Mist Trail HikeJul 05, 2012
My first lone hike in Yosemite, and thanks to my brother and nephew, they got me through it. I loved it at the top of Vernal Falls. What a view. We may have tried to go further up Navada Falls, but another hiker fell and broke her ankle, so we stayed with her until the park rangers got there to help her. It is amazing how fast they were able to climb a trail that I had struggled on. The workers in the park are wonderful.
- John Muir Vernal Falls Mist Trail HikeJul 05, 2012
Just look at that main photo. How could you not like this hike. It was amazing, good challenge level since the whole hike up to there was pavement. Now once you get on this Mist Trail, you get wet. So I put my camera away. Be prepared to have a water resistant bag. Also the stone are wet, so watch your step. But it's worth it. The view from the bottom is amazing. Then climb the rest of the way for an awesome view from the top. RAINBOWS!!! Love it!
- John Muir Vernal Falls Mist Trail HikeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 1Jul 04, 2012
How often do you get to hike into a rainbow? It feels like you're getting quite a shower from the waterfall, so if you have something waterproof, wear it. This is a great climb to take, but I would suggest the John Muir trail on the way back just because it's less slippery and wet, even though it is covered in horse poop.
- John Muir Vernal Falls Mist Trail HikeJul 04, 2012
This is a beautiful hike that is part of the Mist trail. The first part to the bridge is a steady incline on a paved path. At the bridge, you will get your first breathtaking view of the waterfall.
After the bridge, the incline gets pretty steep and you will get a good work out. It is beyond me how moms and dads have those babies strapped to their bodies. Kudos to them. The stone carved stairs is jagged and very steep. Along the way there will be many more kodak moments.
At the top, one must just stop and say 'wow'. Soon thereafter, you will realize, it is crowded there so do your goofy pictures hanging over the waterfall and head to the lake up there. This area is a nice place to eat lunch. I want to slide down that slab of rock above the lake. Next time, next time.
I suggest keep going up to Nevada Falls, which is just a little over a mile up along the Mist trail. I did this by myself and the path narrows big time with no railing. There were times I was crawling because I did not want to fall to a gruesome death. I would not go past Vernal Falls with kids. Once you up there, you will see the back side of half dome and a great view down. It is awesome up there and even better in late November (a little chilly) when you have no one around you and it just oneself and nature.
An experience everyone needs to have is Yosemite and the Mist Trail.