The 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.

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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24 Completed 14 Reviews

Absolutely breathtaking. A lot of "stairs" up to the top of the waterfall and you do get very wet from the mist while hiking. We hiked it early to avoid crowds and it was still pretty crowded. This is my favorite hike I have ever done. All of Yosemite is beautiful.

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7 Completed 4 Reviews

Awesome day hike. If you decide to do this trail I would suggest you just continue on past Vernal Falls and go on up to Nevada Falls. Beautiful views. Take lots of water and a snack. If you are taking lunch with you keep an eye on it, we had some very friendly wildlife trying to get a quick snack.

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28 Completed 6 Reviews

Great hike with beautiful views. The first part is paved and pretty steep. Rest as much as you need, but don't give up! Once you get past the lower falls (the bridge), the paving pretty much goes away and you're hiking on rocks and then stairs. So many stairs... Just keep going!

You may want to plan ahead and bring a poncho -- or at least something to keep your camera and phone dry as you hike up the stairs and through the heavy mist (more like light rain). There's a reason it is called the Mist Trail.

The views from the top are amazing, but it gets pretty crowded and the way up is also your way down. It's pretty narrow, so remember that uphill hikers have the right-of-way ... But they're usually happy to yield since it gives them a break from climbing all the stairs!

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26 Completed 27 Reviews

An amazing day hike! There is a reason it gets crowded. This climb takes you up some rugged stairs past vernal falls. Take lots of water and a camera. It is one spectacular view after another!

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2 Completed 2 Reviews

a beautiful hike! a staircase takes you up the side of the mountain so be prepared for a good climb. There's a nice area to hang out at the top and a lot of mist on the way up. At times is crowded and it is quite a change in elevation over a short distance so it might take some time. We took a lot of water and picture breaks, climbed to Vernal Falls then on to Nevada Falls, hung out at the top and came back down in about 6 hours. Worth every step!

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113 Completed 18 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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18 Completed 11 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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23 Completed 24 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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