Vernal and Nevada Falls (The Mist) Trail

MODERATE
#2 of 130 trails in Yosemite National Park
Vernal and Nevada Falls (The Mist) Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked 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.

5.7 miles 2119 feet Out & Back
hiking nature trips walking forest river views waterfall rocky no dogs
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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. Official NPS page for this hike. http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/vernalnevadatrail.htm

Melissa Riordan
6 days ago

7 Completed2 Reviews

Yosemite is home to me. I grew up in it's shadow and have done this hike many times. The top of Nevada Falls is my favorite place in the entire world. If you start the Mist Trail, I highly recommend that you don't stop at Vernal and turn around. Descending those wet rock steps is significantly more treacherous than ascending them. Continue to the top of Nevada Falls and follow the loop back down to the valley floor. The views from up there are amazing, and the descent on the horse trail is so much easier. The squirrels, chipmunks, and birds will approach you seeking food. They are very bold and may attempt to steal food from inside your bag if you let them get close enough. Shoo them away and keep your pack closed.

Matthew Matthew Richardson
22 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

I hiked this trail with young kids. We made it all the way to the bottom of the falls, however be very careful as it is very slick on the rock steps. This trail accounts for 25% of search and rescue cases in Yosemite.

Sina Nann
23 days ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

Something magical about this place, the waterfalls at gorgeous.

Stephanie Utley
27 days ago

8 Completed9 Reviews

Lisa Luehmann
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

This is a steep trail that is paved to the foot bridge. After that it is a dirt and rock trail that leads to steps. I only went up to where the railing starts. It very wet and can be slippery without proper shoes. You can continue up to top of Vernal falls. We came back down to where the John Muir trail is and hiked up to Clarks Point where you get a great view of Nevada Falls. This was a very hard trail because it was steep and switched back and forth gaining about 1000 ft. You also can continue this trail up to top of Nevada Falls. This trail is very rocky. Wear hiking boots with ankle support and use a walking stick to help your knees. The views are breathtaking! Worth the sore calfs and knees!

Priyakanth Manda
1 month ago

13 Completed15 Reviews

Elizabeth Bierbrodt
1 month ago

30 Completed14 Reviews

Great hike with pretty scenary. Enjoyed the views. Went early september and weather was great, just a little chill early am.

Derek Jett
2 months ago

41 Completed40 Reviews

Hiked jt at 930 and was cool and misty. Great footing to vernal a little trickier to top of Nevada. We came down the john Muir loop and reconnected to the mist trail. John Muir was closed and lots of snow but we did it anyway. Cold water over the cliff sides raining on us. We go fast up and down in 3.5 hours with 10 minute break at top.

Vanessa L
2 months ago

5 Completed3 Reviews

great waterfall, best time is spring or summer.

Hubbard Gravlee
2 months ago

16 Completed16 Reviews

Ascended via the JMT and came down the Mist trail. The Mist side has more than 600 stairs up and was jam packed with people in February. On the JMT side we didnt see anyone until we had a view of both falls. It is an awesome route.

Diana Hansen
3 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

It was a beautiful hike! All the waterfalls are gorgeous! Gonna do it again this weekend!

Stephanie Utley
3 months ago

8 Completed9 Reviews

Victor Vela
3 months ago

9 Completed12 Reviews

Carolyn Younce
4 months ago

30 Completed3 Reviews

Jason Ethridge
5 months ago

25 Completed21 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
5 months ago

10 Completed8 Reviews

Amir Motalebi
5 months ago

10 Completed8 Reviews

Nice...

Bill Watson
6 months ago

896 Completed294 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 months ago

10 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
6 months ago

19 Completed16 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.