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Awesome hike, definitely strenuous going up some of the steep areas. But it was worth it going up to Nevada Falls. Took the John Muir trail on the way down, much easier on the knees. Careful, There were some icy patches at the top of that trail. Took us 4 hours to hike, we covered about 8 miles.

hiking
14 hours ago

Beautiful views the whole way, but good lord strap in for a challenging hike. The elevation gain over a 4.6 mile hike is brutal. It’s truly 9.2 miles from the trail head and back. It took us 3 hr up and 2 back. We started at 10a and got to our car at 3:30p . The only downside of this hike is that at the end of it you are with a ton of people who just drove up and are crowding all the viewpoints... so it can feel a little unrewarding. Usually after that strenuous of a hike you weed out a lot of people but that’s not the case for this hike. Remember you can always meet your group at the top or be dropped off to hike back down. This would make the hike challenging but not as treacherous to go both ways. THIS IS REALLY A HARD HIKE, no joke. Overall glacier point is phenomenal and you get some really beautiful views the entire way. And it’s pretty spectacular to come off the mountain and see what you accomplished from the valley floor. So take water, snacks, and good shoes... and take your time to look around when you’re at the flying altitude of eagles.

hiking
5 days ago

Started from the Miller Creek trail head. Two years ago was able to navigate my car there but not yesterday. Water deep enough in several crossings to prevent me but fortunately was able to hop in an SUV for the remainder of the drive. As others have said, this is a 16 mile round trip hike not the 13 in the description. The final mile has an average grade of 25% so yeah, it is steep. It took me just under 3 hours to ascend the 4500' and I would be considered a fit hiker. The 6' monument created by other hikers is a neat attraction and provides a nice wind break.

Awesome! Still had water at both Vernal and Nevada Falls. We took the entire route listed but didn’t take the “shortcuts” on the recorded map (short stairs to curb the corners on the switchbacks) and our route total walking from the Half Dome Campgrounds was over 10 miles! The stairs at Vernal Falls were tough but the stairs to the top of Nevada were tougher. Single ledge “more natural stairs” were definitely more unnerving than the Vernal Falls portion. Total flights of stairs recorded were 180! What a great way to spend a Sunday morning!

Great hike. I recommend starting around 8 to beat most of the crowds. We went on Nov 11 and it was COLD in the morning so bring layers. This hike is not challenging if you are in shape but there are a lot of stairs around the two falls which can make it difficult.

This trail has two speeds... flat and straight up. The 1st mile and a half meanders up about 200 feet then then fun begins. After this section you really only have another. 1-1.5 miles of low grades. The last half mile to the top is steep but not as bad as people make it out to be. Just left foot right foot no scrambles or zombies chasing you. The top rewards you with wonderful 360 views only stunted by some silly pile of rocks that some kids must have placed. Do the view a favor and help take these down!

If you leave within the next week you should be able to fill your water till about mile 6.5-7 up. However, I take no liability for this statement so please pack three liters.

Good. Some parts were super easy, a few right before Nevada falls were steep and technical for the average person.

We just went directly to Hidden Beach which was a beautiful and easy one mile walk. The AllTrails map is not really accurate for this one, as it shows Hidden Beach much further down than it really is. If you park in the Lagoon Creek parking lot and start on the Yurok Loop Trail, you’ll see signs for Hidden Beach. We didn’t see anyone out there, so this was just a spectacular place to end our day and watch the sunset.

hiking
8 days ago

Probably one of the most gratifying hikes in Yosemite because of the panoramic views on Glacier point, and stunning views of the valley at every hairpin. In terms of difficulty this is a solid hard. There are steep switchbacks on the way up and slippery gravel on the descent. We took 3 hours up and about 2 down. Started at 930 and back at 430. Had a blast!

Great trail, hard work. Wife was absolutely spent after we got down - stairs prior to both falls, but especially Nevada were a killer. Great view all the way. Saw deer, Mumma Bear and 2 baby bears!

I really loved this hike. Slot canyons for days. We turned around shortly after Wall Street. Pro Tip: travel is really slow, our pace was just over 1 mile/hour. Normally we move over 3 /hour.

hiking
11 days ago

Awesome hike!!! Tons of switchbacks with great rewarding views from glacier point. Ended up being over 9miles 4.6 each way. Hit it early!!

This hike was CAKE with an amazing view over the valley. Two water falls. Hit it early and make sure to go up vernal then Nevada and John Muir Trail on the return.

Best and most rewarding hike I've ever done. Train for this hike.... I'm 36 and in shape, and this kicked my a**. Last visit was OCT 2017. Been twice and plan on going back.

Fabulous hike- 3.5 hrs from Upper Pines campground with a lunch stop included. We did the walk up to the falls first and looped back on the John Muir Trail. It is a horse trail too but a more manageable grade downhill. A must hike in Yosemite.
Traffic is high to the first falls but gets less onto Nevada Falls. All the extra traffic would make this downhill harder.
Highly recommend.

hiking
12 days ago

Tough walk with a steep climb but definitely worth it. Went at the end of October and there was still water following from both falls. The trees along the trail were in the lovely autumn colours which made it look a lot more beautiful. Sadly John Muir trail was shut at the top so came back down via the mist trail until we could rejoin the John muir trail just before top of vernal falls until the bottom of vernal falls. There was toilets at top of Nevada falls and bottom of vernal falls but were shut for the season. Also remember it can be quite cold at the top but a quite a few degrees so pack extra layers.

Really fun hike. Probably should be in decent shape before tackling this one. A rainy October was good for flowing creeks but I wouldn’t count on water towards the peak. Do not attempt to take Rincon creek trail back due to private land issues.

Definitely a challenge that’s definitely worth it! Get your start early so you can take your time and enjoy all the sights. Snacks, water, and good shoes are a must. Did this Saturday, November 3rd, and the weather was great. Both falls still have water but it wasn’t as misty as I was expecting, I’m assuming from the time of the year. The leaves are changing so it’s very beautiful.

hiking
13 days ago

We hiked up to the glacier point which was a great hike with even greater views !
We had lunch on the beautiful glacier point and hitchhiked back to the village because we don’t like in and out trails that much. It was a perfect day.

The waterfall was still beautiful. Many people but really good views :)

Lovely trail, couldn’t make it to Nevada Falls this trip though. We started too late in the afternoon. The stairs are rocky and uneven, so make sure you have solid hiking shoes or thicker soles. I’d recommend bringing water and snacks.

11-03. Do you think there is still water at Nevada and Vernal falls right now? Anyone who has recently been?

Very fun hike to do with kids. Did this with my wife and 9 year old son and had a blast! Took most of the day but worth it. If you plan to bring kids, make sure you check out the water levels. You can also check in with a ranger before you go to see what the likelihood for flooding is. One thing I read people raving about was the canyoneering shoes you can rent outside the gate and how much they recommend them. We all rented for maybe 20/25 bucks a pair. My wife and son liked them, but my pair just kept the water in the boot all day and by the end they were really sore and pruny. Might invest in something waterproof that drains the water more efficiently.

I normally do this trail first when I get to Yosemite. It’s typically pretty busy but it usually thins out the higher you go. The views are stellar! Don’t quit! Do the entire hike and get rewarded with a great experience. I highly recommend doing at some point before going off on a less congested trail.

Very easy to understand why it’s called ‘the most trail’. Solid, would hike again.

15 days ago

amazing hike. took 2h to ascend & 3h to descend. would highly recommend hiking poles on the

so, it's fun, it's just a walk in and out of water in a deep canyon. great views. we would have been fine in keens and shorts. maybe cold up till may. if you do not have shoes then rent only them its twice as much for pants

My opinion: The best trail to get the greatest impressions of the Yosemite NP.

We were there in June 2018. On the way to the Vernal Fall it was still very full. Many tourists were traveling there. In addition, it goes right at the beginning very steeply uphill. The paths are asphalted and easy to walk.

However, once you have left the lower part of the Vernal Fall, it is much emptier. Only a few make the climb to the upper part of the Vernal Fall. However, once you have reached the top, the basin of the Vernal Fall offers a great place to rest and swim. The view is wonderful!

After that we continued to climb towards the Nevada Fall. It can get very wet and make the steps slippery. Good shoes are mandatory.

Backwards you either go back the same way, or you use, like us, the John Muir Trail. This is a bit longer, but definitely better!

A part of the hike can be seen in this video from minute 2:53:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMJ84EZDYJw

Great hike! I recommend going up the falls and down the Muir trail (if it’s not closed). Otherwise I recommend bringing a trekking pole because the rock steps can get slippery from the waterfalls and they’re steep anyways (which can be hard on the knees).

View from the top is beautiful and there’s a restroom (but not very clean). The hike is steep yet still doable for those with fear of heights.

I can’t emphasize enough to be prepared and bring water. They post signs, but I see so many people on this trail just wearing sneakers with no backpack or supplies whatsoever. It’s still the wilderness, and it’s important to always come prepared.

We started out by renting gear at Zion Outfitters in Springdale. For $45 each, we were given waterproof pants and boots, neoprene socks, and a sturdy wooden walking stick. The water level in the creek varied from ankle to thigh deep. The water was 50 degrees..In areas where the water was not clear, you need to be aware of submerged rocks that can cause you to fall We hiked as far as Floating Rock and then turned back. I think we hiked a.bout six miles. This hike was a good change of pace.
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