Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite National Park, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November.
Hike to two breath-taking waterfalls along Yosemite Valley's most popular hiking trails. If you only have time for one hike while in Yosemite look no further: the Mist Trail is the hike for you. It is no wonder why this trail is one of the most popular trails in Yosemite Valley. You will hike so close to 2 massive waterfalls that it will be very difficult to avoid the mist from the falls. The best time to hike this trail is in Spring or early Summer, while the snow runoff is high and the falls are full of water. The Mist Trail starts at Happy Isles trailhead (YARTS shuttle stop #16, and within walking distance of Curry Village and parking lot). After a brief stroll along the river, you climb a pretty steep initial accent until you reach the footbridge, which offers the first glimpse of Vernal Fall in the distance (and a water-fountain and restrooms). You will then continue up to Vernal Fall, past Emerald Pool, and alongside Nevada Fall until you reach the high-point for this hike. Then take the alternate route down along the John Muir Trail to see views of Nevada Fall and Liberty Cap in the distance before meeting back up with the Mist Trail near the footbridge. The route back is slightly longer, but offers a change of scenery and is easier on the knees. Before hopping back on the YARTS shuttle, treat yourself to some ice cream or a refreshing drink at the small stand, or head over to Curry Village for a larger variety of choices.
Unbelievable views. Get there early, because on our way back down, it was like a tourist trap. We started at 7am and had no problems until we were on our way down and everyone was trying to come up. It was tough getting all the way up to Nevada, but with enough time, water, and snacks, it's doable for even beginner hikers, just have to be prepared for a 6-8 hour hike. The top was amazing, trail very well marked, views unlike any other place I've ever been. Falls are impressive!!!!
really nice walk
Probably my favorite day hike in yosemite.. the scenery is unbeatable and unforgettable and the hike itself, while uphill, is not crazy long so it's manageable. if you go in winter i'd recommend getting ice cleats or something to give your shoes more traction because this trail can get sketchy and super iced over in the winter time.
The most beautiful hike I've done so far. The waterfalls are out of this world a must see.
Beautiful hike, gorgeous views of vernal falls! The only down side to this trail would be to many people. try and go off season if possible.
Great trip. Very icy. Start early in the day
Amazing views! Our family had so much fun!