Vernal and Nevada Falls (The Mist) Trail

#2 of 173 trails in Yosemite National Park

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Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall is a 6.5 mile out (via The Mist trail) and back trail (via John Muir trail) located in Yosemite National Park, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until October.

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Alyson Munn (2058)

35 Completed24 Reviews

Beautiful hike! Quite an incline with over 700 steps, waterfalls that were breath taking, landscape that were memorizing and experiences that will last a lifetime!

felipe hernandez (90)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Started this trail around 8am and came back down through the John Muir Trail around 3pm! Beautiful trail. I'm a pretty heavy guy so I found this trail a bit challenging. Mainly because it's mostly uphill. But I completed the trail! Even got to see a bear with two cubs. Scary! But it didn't stop us from taking pictures. lol

Suzanne Jacobs (334)

17 Completed16 Reviews

I love this trail - it is so beautiful, just very crowded. You're often in a queue waiting to go up. Best in the off season. We usually do it as a loop up the mist trail and down John Muir.

Erica Pass (121)

6 Completed3 Reviews

Wasn't too bad of a hike, although it was mostly uphill. It'd be better to go earlier in the season when there's more water. I'll definitely want to try again in April or May!

Matt Nolan (577)

31 Completed31 Reviews

David Herrera (658)

32 Completed5 Reviews

It is a very crowded trail. Make sure to drink plenty of water. The portion of the stairs can get slippery when they get wet.

amy hung (34)

13 Completed1 Reviews

Nicole M (217)

20 Completed9 Reviews

Absolutely all around beautiful hike. I recommend starting early in the morning to avoid the crowd that builds up on the stairs (at least on your way up). The views are amazing. Definitely worth the effort to continue all the way up to Vernal Falls.

Faustina Dela-Cruz (223)

7 Completed7 Reviews

I did this when i was 14. Now im about to do this at 36 with my hubby and 3 kids........omg......what am i thinking,lol lol. Totally recommend this hike to anyone that loves to hike. I remember getting almost to the top and the mist from the falls hitting you and how great it felt in the middle of summer. Then getting to the top and it being filled with water,swimming,sliding down the slick granite into the water and the water being not as warm as the river,lol. Allot of up. Still it was awesome!

Scott Nielsen (450)

42 Completed8 Reviews

A "must do" in Yosemite. Expect crowds, and pavement on the initial section of trail.