Mist Trail

#4 of 173 trails in Yosemite National Park

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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.

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Matt Morrison (417)

6 Completed6 Reviews

I hiked this trail with my wife and two boys (13 & 10). The hike is amazing and the views of the falls are awesome. The hike to Vernal Falls is great culminates with 600 stairs chiseled out of granite. As you approach the fall, you can hike down to the pool below the fall. There is a rock that you can stand on and feel the wind and mist that is generated from the waterfall. The feeling is amazing. There are many people on the trail that probably shouldn't be. I wouldn't recommend this hike if you aren't in decent shape and you need good shoes, no sandals. There is a bridge that is about halfway to Vernal Falls, if you feel the hike to the bridge is strenuous, you should probably head back down.

If you are up to it, I would highly suggest the hike up to Nevada Falls. It is longer and more strenuous than the hike to Nevada Falls but offers awesome views of Liberty Cap and the back side of Half Dome. I would also suggest to hike back down via the John Muir trail. It is less crowded and you don't have to navigate back down the narrow, steep, steps that you took on the way up. Lastly, I am 40 and in decent shape and this 7.5 mile + hike gave me all I could handle. I was beat by the time we got back down but had an awesome time and would suggest it to anyone visiting Yosemite.

Brian C. (274)

Incredible hike! Only bad side is there are a lot of idiots that are not prepared (e.g., wrong footwear, unconditioned, no water, etc.) that clog up the trail and make the stairs near Vernal Fall dangerous. Thankfully the crowd thins out pass Vernal Fall and the hike to Nevada Fall is perfect. take the Muir Trail back to the Valley. You won't be disappointed.

Kristina Herrera (59)

3 Completed3 Reviews

Benjamin Arnulf (156)

5 Completed4 Reviews

Patrick Mason (108)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Karen Agurto (469)

21 Completed8 Reviews

Beautiful trail! It's almost a complete incline the entire way but the entire family can go, except the dog. Walking back down, a lot of people were walking backwards to ease the pressure on your body.

Cindy Lubiani (123)

11 Completed1 Reviews

Debbie Murnan (897)

36 Completed35 Reviews

Jae B (2016)

53 Completed44 Reviews

Josh Chesser (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews