Vernal and Nevada Falls (The Mist) Trail

Yosemite National Park, CA
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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.

Public Information Office
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389
Call: 209/372-0200; press 3 then 5.
Time: 9 am to 5 pm Pacific Time (closed for lunch)

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6 Completed 4 Reviews

I went this January and broke the rules. The trail was closed due to ice. However, if you're dumb or experienced enough it shouldn't be a problem. This was an incredible hike with terrific views of Yosemite Valley, the Falls (which are some of the best in the world), Mt Broderick and Liberty Cap. And if you get the chance when you reach the top of Nevada Falls, there's a side overhang to walk onto and see the pool that forms just before the fall. It's amazing!

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2 Completed 2 Reviews

One of the best (albeit a little intense) hikes in Yosemite. Its a bit steep going up, but with the short length this hike is super makable for people of all different shapes and sizes. If you get tuckered after the first leg up to Vernal Falls you can stop there, eat a lunch taking in the gorgeous views and then make your way up to Nevada falls. This is a hike that you'll never forget and that you'll want to do over and over!

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8 Completed 8 Reviews

Lots of peopl and a disturbing amount of trash, but absolutely worth it, even late in the summer.

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20 Completed 12 Reviews

This is a definite must if you are in Yosemite. Beautiful trail from beginning to end, but you'll have to work for it. We did this hike on the way to Half Dome and it was the best part of the hike until you got near the summit. Definitely recommend.

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12 Completed 5 Reviews

Nice steep trail. Very crowded - plan to leave very early to avoid crowds.

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Diana Woodbury

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57 Completed 20 Reviews

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23 Completed 23 Reviews

Beautiful (and crowded) trail. Be careful, the steps are uneven and slippery. Stop once and a while to take in the scenery, it's breathtaking!

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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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6 Completed 1 Reviews

Awesome trail we went in the middle of winter it was very iced over. Very Beautiful though just have to be in shape and careful. If im ever in yosemite again heading back there!

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13 Completed 14 Reviews

One of our favorite activities in Yosemite. We didn't follow this trail exactly. We did hike up the Mist trail to the top of Vernal Falls and continued walking along until a bridge where you could see the base of Nevada. We then turned southward on a less traveled trail that does go uphill and traveled back down on the Muir trail as indicated here. If we had been feeling up to it, we would have continued up to Nevada. I recommend not going down the Mist trail as it is wet from the spray and very steep. Make sure all the falls are flowing when you are there. We were there in May and everything was very full.

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