The Mist Trail

Yosemite National Park, CA
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Mist Trail is a 6.50 mile out and back trail located in Yosemite National Park, California that offers a fantastic view of Vernal Falls and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Directions from Arch Rock Entrance: Travel eastward into the Yosemite Valley, 11.5 miles to the Curry Village day-use area. Park your car and take the shuttle to stop number 16, Happy Isles. Head eastward along the paved path that leads along the northern bank of the Merced River.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

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105 Completed 11 Reviews

The Mist Trail is a MUST while visiting Yosemite Valley. Vernal Fall is fantastic. Even the distant view of Illilouette Fall is impressive. The Merced River is absolutely stunning. The name of the trail very much lives up to its reputation. I became just as soaked here as I was while visiting Niagara Falls. If you're going to want to really experience this hike, go all out and get up to the little open caves near Vernal Fall. The cooling water is exhilarating! Spray on your camera lens is a major problem. I found a nice rock downstream on the Merced River where I captured my images from. This is beyond busy! It is slow going with tourists near the waterfall. Just get yourself mentally prepared for the foot traffic and enjoy the experience!

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11 Completed 7 Reviews

beautiful hike! the hike definitely took longer than two hours but well worth the hike. gets really steep at the ens, but power through!

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15 Completed 15 Reviews

So beautiful. A fairly tough hike, but worth it for the views. Def takes longer than 2 hours though.

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8 Completed 8 Reviews

Another heavily-used trail with an annoying amount of trash, but especially early in the season, it's breathtakingly beautiful.

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16 Completed 16 Reviews

Possibly my favorite hike of all time. I would recommend it to any experienced hiker or fit person. We went in early May, it wasn't too crowded when we got past Vernal Fall and both waterfalls were gushing. Very challenging on the way up, but very rewarding. We went on a cloudy day, so our view was obstructed at the top of Nevada Falls. I would recommend coming down the John Muir Trail so that it's a loop instrad of an out and back. Took us about 4.5 hours.

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9 Completed 8 Reviews

Not going to lie. My legs are dead!! But, wouldn't have missed it:)

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66 Completed 50 Reviews

Use this trail to get up to Vernal Falls. As you approach the falls, you will see why it has this name. If you bring electronics, be aware they will likely get wet. It is lots of fun and gets rather steep near Vernal Falls. Pretty heavily travelled both times I went up (late Spring and mid-Summer).

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35 Completed 11 Reviews

There is a reason backpacker calls this the best day hike in America. It is spectacular! We did it as a loop from the lower parking lot up to the top of nevado and down the muir trail which though longer was an easier less crowded walk out and the view across the valley was absolutely amazing. Tracked total 6.9 miles with 1900 ft elevation gain.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

awesome view

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59 Completed 52 Reviews

Of all the waterfall trails the park has to offer, this trail is by far the best. Don't let the "moderate" fool you, it's quite a climb! If you go in the summer, be sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated during the initial climb up. Further, once you get to the "misty" part of the trail, the rocks can be slippery so make sure you're wearing shoes with decent traction and bring hiking poles if you're unsure of balance. The hike itself is beautiful. Once you've worked up a healthy sweat, you'll be pleasantly drenched with the showers (not "mist") of the falls; a refreshing treat at just the right time. There is a rainbow presented at Vernal Falls that is pretty much always there as long as the sun is out. Expect to get wet, and expect to be awed. This is the best waterfall trail at the park, so if you only have time to do one, this should be it! More bang for your buck, as it were.

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