Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite National Park, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible 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.
Amazing views! Our family had so much fun!
Awesome. Amazing views. Go off season when tourists are thin and waterfalls are full.
The views don't get better than this. A bit of a workout, but hiking this trail in early November was a treat. Had amazing weather and saw some pretty cool rocks.
The hike was so nice. We started before 8 &a it was great. We did run into the crowd coming down. Going early was the best.
I've hiked this twice in my life. The last time is was nearly dry. There was no mist on the trail which makes it more refreshing. But we didn't need ponchos at least. This trail gets more challenging at the top, though there are steps and railings in certain areas. Yosemite is majestic. Everyone's bucket list!
There's a lot of people on the trail - but for good reason. It's well marked, well maintained and the views are, well, spectacular! I went up the John Muir Trail and down the steep steps past Vernal Falls. The well worn rocks from Nevada Falls to Vernal Falls are slick so watch your footing!
amazing! such a cool hike, those stairs killed me though
Beautiful! Very unique trail to hike up rock stairs along the side of the river and the falls.
Beautiful hike and just amazing views. The waterfalls were breathless.
The Mist Trail is spectacular, as it climbs up almost vertically next to the Vernal Falls. Only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is that it gets really crowded on peak season days.