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Can’t wait to come back in spring

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2 days ago

I would like to come back and do this again, but on a cloudy day. Maybe in October or November. Because of the fires, the air was pretty smoggy and everything looked dry. The falls are all dried out at this time.

I started at 05:45 AM. Two other gentlemen started at the same time. Someone else started at 07:00 AM and he caught up and passed me on the way to the top haha.

Lots of beautiful views and it is fun to see the sun touch everything and then come down to completely different lighting. No surprise, lots of switchbacks, but it is a fun, challenging, enjoyable hike. It took me 3.5 hours to make it to the top and two hours to get back down.

Glacier Point is a madhouse.

I had an amazing experience getting to run into a momma bear and cub on the way back down. She was on trail as I was cantering down, we both scared the life out of each other as I turned the switchback and she was less than 15 feet away. I kept my eyes on them and they watched me as I passed. Pictures are lame, because I wasn't about to be one of those people who gets too close and then dies. I just held my camera in the air and clicked while I backed up. Just wonderful! I hope I never forget that moment.

These two trails are awesome. Usually when I want to show someone Yosemite and bring them on a hike with me, I take them to these trails. Vernal falls is very amazing, especially in the late spring early summer. It has the most water late may! Taking the mist trail you get completely soaked. The first 1/2 mike of the trail is fairly easy, just lots of incline but on a paved path. The last part of it after the bridge is all stairs and water. So make sure you have boots that can track in water. Once you reach the top of vernal, you can relax on the pavement or choose to continue on to Nevada. Nevada is much harder to get to because it’s about 2-3 more miles of switchbacks. Bring lots of water for Nevada especially. These are 2 of my favorite trails in Yosemite!!!!

Start early in the morning (by 8am) to avoid crowds. We were there in mid-September and was not too crowded at that time, but was busy at the bottom when we were finishing up. Hard hike with a lot of vertical climb, but worth it for the views. Take the easier John Muir trail down for some added length and also for the views looking back at the falls you just climbed. Beautiful hike!

First time riding this trail offered a bit of everything - fun. We didn’t ride exact trail, we improvised as we went but stuck to the trail at the end. We had lots of fun going up hills, downhills, single track, and terrain was fun a bit of everything. Totally recommend it to beginners.

Easy hike, rolling hills, but nothing hard. Dog allowed on a leash.

Met a rattle snake that makes this trial special

Absolutely my favorite day hike ever!!!! The stairs to Vernal Falls were intense. Although still a challenge the hike to Nevada Falls was a bit strenuous. The view at the top was breathtaking. We were also able to see some climbers on Half Dome. Heading down via the John Muir Trail was a great choice, peaceful. This is a must do hike!

Very fun, but crowded hike. Go early to ensure fewer crowds. Gets pretty uphill towards the end

hiking
9 days ago

Strenuous- best done from the Valley to Glacier Point. Get up early in the morning - switchbacks are difficult, but we are happy we did not do the first half of the climb in the sun! We started at 9am. Bring plenty of water and food. We saw many people not prepared with the right amount of water or shoes.
It took us 3 hours with 2-3 breaks in between to get to the top. About 2-2.5 hours to get down.
Spectacular views at Glacier point and well-worth the hike!

Now my 2nd favorite hike in the nation. Sorry, it will be hard to beat the continental divide trail in northern Glacier NP. Due to the drought there were no falls flowing in the valley that we say. Vernal, Illouette and Nevada are flowing however. So let's get to the list.

Total of 7.4 miles in 5.5 hours. Tough trail is you are not in shape due to the elevation change in the short distance

1. Arrive early. We arrived at 7am at the public parking lot and it was already over 3/4 full.
2. The public parking is almost 1/2 mile to the trailhead
3. There is free shuttle service from all visitor centers so if the parking is full, just back up to another parking area, grab a shuttle and be dropped off at the trail head
4. the first mile is all asphalt and steep 10% +/- grade. Once you past the first bridge crossing the trail becomes more dirt and rock. However, the trail at one time was asphalt all the way up to Nevada Falls, That residual asphalt is smooth and slippery from sand so be sure your hiking shoes have good soles
5. Stairs to Vernal Falls. Who made those things/ The last 1/2 mile is practically all stairs and most are 12-18" high.
6.Vernal Falls is flowing. The pool above the falls is absolutely gorgeous but you cannot swim in it or slid a slick rock slide into it.
7. From Vernal to Nevada is mostly a rock path that has been laid down. I would not call it stairs but does have steps. Much easier
8. Nevada Falls is flowing as well.
9. You can swim the pool at the top of Nevada Falls.
10. We came down the John Muir Trail which involves nothing more than crossing the bridge above the falls and following the signs to the valley floor. It added about 1/2 mile but the trail was much easier, in the SHADE. but spots of old asphalt were slippery from sand
11. 2 separate bear encounters on the John Muir at less than 10 yards each. They were on the side of the trail eating acorns and could care less we were just yards from them.
12. Despite being the 2nd week of Sept, it was very busy coming down. People waited until late morning and it was a solid ant line of people coming up. However, most were visitors from other countries.

Enjoy

AMAZING views the entire way up and down. It is strenuous for sure but so worth it. Switchbacks almost all the way up.

gorgeous hike. majority of the time it feels like you are climbing the stairs to Mordor. nice views of Nevada falls after Vernon falls on the way up. The view of half dome is great on the way down the John Muir trail. you can see liberty cap, half dome, and Nevada falls at the same time. walking 1 mile past nevada falls to towards half dome is relatively flat and has a nice view of half dome, backside of liberty cap, and follows the river and is a good way to add some distance/time to the hike.

in September the hike started at 47 degrees at 8am and it was 96 when we left the valley floor at 1:30. highly recommend doing it early as the trail was less populated in the fall on a Friday.

hiking
14 days ago

got on the trail around 830am and there were only a few other groups on the way up, plus a couple on their way down, so it was nice and quiet, and well shaded. there aren't any particularly steep sections, just lots of switchbacks which was surprisingly enjoyable. the view from the top is awesome but lots of people, and on the way back down it was fairly busy. couldn't get a good look at yosemite falls but vernal and nevada falls can be seen from the top.

hiking
14 days ago

Absolutely stunning views! Some of the trail is shaded but some isnt so dont forget sunscreen!

15 days ago

This trail is amazing. It offers the best views of The Valley for a day hike. If you want to get the best out of The Valley in a day, start by 9am at The Valley floor and BE PREPARED. Have at least 3 liters of water or more per person and plenty of salty snacks. Make sure to also have lots of sunscreen and copious amounts of bug spray. For a not-so experienced hiker or outdoorsman, I was able to pace myself to be able to make it all the way to Glacier point and back to The Valley floor. Be aware, it’s tough. But undeniably the greatest scenery is from the top at Glacier point, which has restrooms and a mini mart for water and supplies along with souvenirs.

Fantastic hike! We started early in the morning, around 7:30am when the trail did not have too many people on it. The trail is fairly well maintained throughout and signage being fairly good. The two sets of stairs to the top of Vernal and Nevada falls can be difficult if you are not used to going up that number of stairs. Outside of the stairs the trail is not too steep. There are plenty of opportunities to take a break and enjoy the number of stunning reviews across the area. A word of warning, starting the hike later in the morning will leave you with the crowds, making it hard to navigate the stairs.

Be sure to take plenty of water with you (2-3L per person) and snacks. The hike is long (took us nearly 5 hours to complete with breaks).

The hike is also longer than 6.4 miles. The National park site has this hike (Mist trail/ John Muir trail) rated closer to 8 miles. My fitbit also tracked it at 8 miles as well. Long but absolutely stunning and worth every step.

The mist trail is one of my favorite trails ever! This trail is best when it is not too crowded (avoid weekends or holidays) as it becomes a lot like a theme park and you can't really enjoy the beauty of the hike when you are hiking in a single file line of hundreds of tourists and screaming children.

This trail is definitely tough as you climb stairs straight up Vernal Falls and climb the switchbacks up to Nevada Falls. It is totally worth it! The views are spectacular! If you go during or immediately after a heavy rainy season, bring waterproof gear because you will get drenched.

If you go during the warmer months when the John Muir Trail is open, take the JMT back down to get beautiful panoramic views of Half Dome and Nevada Falls. This section of the JMT is shady and the switchbacks can get a little slick with loose gravel and dirt. I recommend good hiking shoes and trekking poles.

This trail also has restrooms galore! There are restrooms with flushing toilets at the trailhead and at the Vernal Falls Footbridge. There are vault toilets at the top of Vernal Falls and at the top of Nevada Falls. You never really need to worry about needing to go.

Definitely bring lots of water. Our group brought about 3 liters each and had to filter and refill water at the top of Nevada Falls. There is a drinking water filling station at the base of Vernal Falls at the Footbridge (about 1 mile in from the trail head) and there are no other opportunities to fill up after that unless you bring your own filtration system.

Awesome hike! Must do if you’re looking for a hard, 4-6 hour trail. Do the loop. Stairs from hell, then a nice stroll down the Muir Trail. Bring plenty of water. At least 2 liters.

Did this trail on 09/03/2018. The weather was warm enough to wear you were able to wear a tank top and shorts without a jacket. The hike itself had a long part of incline at the beginning then a “stairway”. The views were amazing.

Great hike or a train for running. Bring more water than you think is necessary as it’s 75% open, especially if you’re doing it on the hot day like we did. Otherwise great views and really good wide path most of the way. Great for kids too and there are benches to rest at peaks.

Beautiful hike however I missed the switchback and ended up going a bit further and ended up by a horse corral lol. There was a short bit after the horse corral where the trail was poorly maintained but thankfully I saw some more hikers making me feel a bit more at ease. Note to self, don’t do this part of the hike alone-or maybe I was just a bit paranoid? All in all, beautiful hike that ended up to be 3.7 miles that clocked in at about 1.5 hours.

Best done in late spring and early summer when river is fullest. Proper footwear and water is a must. The best views of Nevada Falls are just a short distance up the trail from Vernal Falls - worth the extra hiking

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

The view from the top is spectacular, that’s absolutely true. However, this trail is completely unforgiving and 3 solid hours of pain on the way up, and about 2 hours of agony on the way down. I love to hike, consider myself in pretty good shape, but the whole way up you’re going back and forth on steep, punishing switchbacks that never really reward you with a new view; there was a section in the middle of the climb where I lost track of time because the view literally didn’t seem to change for ages, we didn’t seem to be getting any higher, and every time I thought we were almost at the top, another switchback identical to the last, presented itself. We started the hike at 8am and weren’t down till 2:30pm. At 8am, the sun doesn’t hit you at all on the way up which is a real blessing, and we took plenty of water (5 litres for the two of us) and sunscreen for the way down. Later in the day, the flies at the bottom of the trail are really bad, so I suggest to leave early for that alone if not for the sun. At the top there’s a cabin that has a shop and restrooms but that wasn’t opened when we came on a Monday. Yosemite had also closed the access road due to work on the power lines after the fires I think, so usually a bus runs that you can go up to the top in. I’d probably suggest that for other visitors, as this was not a fun hike, and from what I hear, the waterfall ones seem to be more interesting.

hiking
24 days ago

As everyone mentions, the views here are amazing! Standing at the trailhead looking up, it can be very intimidating. I am an occasional hiker is moderate shape and my sister joined me having no hiking experience. Treking poles were a great addition for us that helped tremendously. I was not sure if we would make it to the top since my sister was had not done much hiking. We started at 7:00am and made it to the to by noon. We stopped every now and then to rest the legs and take photos. You start out with great views of the valley entrance and El Cap. Then you slowly work your way around and you begin to see the whole valley. When you finally get to see Half Dome in the distance you know you are over halfway up and it the view alone gives you motivation to keep going. We packed a lunch and ate at the top and then grabbed an ice cream from the shop. They also appeared to have a few different shirts/items in this gift shop that they did not have on the valley floor. The views up top were very rewarding. The hike down was the part that made the legs hurt with being sore from the up hike and now plowing down all our body weight on each step. We met tons of people while we were on the way down and they all asked how close they were. Only one group could we tell them that they were close. DO NOT expect to go up and back in a few hours. You need to be prepared with water/food/proper footwear for this hike. There is no way most of the people we met could have made it up and down before dark. Always pack a flashlight for this reason. There is no bus from the top back down to the bottom. Be prepared and this hike will be one of the best you ever do! For us the hike up was 7am-12noon & the hike down was 1:30pm-4pm.

hiking
24 days ago

Great challenging trail. I would definitely rate this hard due to the constant uphill switchbacks. I just took my time and made it to the top and back down to the shuttle stop in 6 1/2 hours. Total miles 12. I’m 61 so I’m sure younger folks could do it faster. Beautiful views along the trail. Saw deer!

Amazing views of Sentinel, ElCapitan and the valley - must go to Glacier Point for spectacular views of Half Dome and Vernal/Nevada Falls ... and to get water for the way back down. It goes up and up and up - 58 switchbacks (who’s counting?). Definitely get early AM start as most of the up is in the shade. Less experienced climbers should consider taking a bus down from Glacier Point. Bring lots of water and food for the trip - saw lots of folks with cameras and purses and not much else.

hiking
24 days ago

incredible trail with an incredible view, and even more expectacular on the top!

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