Vernal and Nevada Falls (The Mist) Trail

#2 of 173 trails in Yosemite National Park
Vernal and Nevada Falls (The Mist) Trail is a 5.7 mile out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.7 miles 2119 feet Out & Back
hiking nature trips walking forest river rocky views waterfall
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Victor Vela

4 Completed0 Reviews

Carolyn Younce

30 Completed3 Reviews

Jason Ethridge

21 Completed18 Reviews

One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done. Get out on the trail early in the morning to avoid the crowds and be prepared to get wet. Be aware that the section of the trail by Vernal falls can be very treacherous since it is composed of stone steps that are ALWAYS wet! I am very serious; we have witnessed hikers having to be medi-vacced from this trail. I'm not even going to talk about staying out of the river, because if you are that dumb, well...

Amir Motalebi

8 Completed6 Reviews

Amir Motalebi

8 Completed6 Reviews


Bill Watson

724 Completed232 Reviews

Hiked on a beautiful morning in early summer during a better than average snow season and the falls were roaring. Go across the bridge at Nevada Falls and take the Muir Trail down - although some think taking the left branch of the Muir Trail / horse trail down is better on the knees, it's not as rewarding as being able to look down on Vernal Falls from the top. Also not much difference on the knees and less mileage/quicker way down. Take a right when you reach the "T." One of my favorite hikes and a great warm-up for Half Dome.

John Zervas

6 Completed4 Reviews

A beautiful trail leading to Vernal Falls along the Merced River. Went in November; it's chilly at the top, so bring layers. I would not characterize this trail as easy by any means. It's mostly uphill and the steps leading up to the fall are steep. Moderate would be a more accurate description IMHO.

Boomer S

12 Completed12 Reviews

This was a very good hike. I went on 8 Nov 2015. The traffic was very light. I estimate under 100 people on the entire trail between 10AM -1PM. Maybe 20 at the top of Nevada falls during my hour up there.

Korey M.

I don't think this should be marked as an easy trail. It's easy if you're in good hiking shape, but if not you're going to struggle with the steep elevation gain and the steps near the falls on mist trail. Most definitely worth it though!

Fuller Swamp Plantation

14 Completed14 Reviews

Great but can be crowded when they're the only falls flowing late summer and fall.