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Great trail, but due to the weather some parts of the trail had fallen trees blocking the trail, also I recorded this exact hike and Strava recorded it as a 12.7 mile hike. So beware..

i actually really enjoyed this trail. it was an interesting hike because most of it was barely moderate — easy even. around the 8th mile (of 10 total) i thought to myself, ok, i actually am getting a little tired. then the incline got drastically more challenging for a great workout after all the mellow mileage that preceded it. nice trail! it took me 3:20, with jogging a few of the first miles in.

Good solid hike. Trail as marked is definitely longer than 9.1 miles. Came in at a shade over 11.

Did this hike in mid December and it was great- some icy patches along the way at the time but navigable in hiking shoes alone. Beautiful view from the top of the falls!

This trail is quite good, especially after a rain. There are a series of three waterfalls that includes a stone staircase along the waterfall. The parking lot fills up quickly so, get there early before 10am. I would have given a higher rating if not for two things:
1. This is a state park and they charge $10 to park; ridiculous once you consider:
2. They do very little to maintain the trails. In the past two years, I still see the same downed trees across the trails. It would be quite simple to chainsaw away the obstructions. The management is good at collecting parking fees; quite sad.
Take the Sunset trail & Berry Creak trail, the loop is 11 miles and 1920 foot elevation gain; mainly up and down the canyons. The application trail information is totally wrong with the mileage and elevation gain.

hiking
3 days ago

First of our moderate hikes of the year, but it ended up being a hard moderate. Really close by - takes less than 30 mins to get there; half moon bay bridge and then on to skyline blvd.

Parking is extremely limited - maybe like 25 cars inside, but you can park street side and prolly on both sides of the street. Restroom is a common one and is ok.

We did counter clockwise for easier elevation. The trail heads and markers can be slightly confusing but it’s easy to track on the app.

Terrain is extremely uneven - there are constant downhills and uphills throughout. Ends up being around 10 miles with the last 2 miles being the hardest part. Oh and the purisima creek was beautiful to hike next to, which is what we did for a couple of miles when we got to the bottom. Guessing that it’ll be beautiful in summer coz you can basically sit on plenty of tree trunks and have lunch or take breaks.

This is a gorgeous hike with so much varied landscape ... at times I was hiking in the sun with beautiful views of the hills and other times I was deep in the wet Redwood forest. Hearing the rushing creek at times throughout the hike was lovely. The parking lot at Purisima Creek has space for maybe 5 or 6 cars, but people were parked up and down the road from the tiny lot. There are some very steep inclines on Harkins Ridge but totally worth it for the views and majestic trees. The busiest (and my least favorite) part of the hike was the last 2 miles on Purisima Creek trail, as the trail was very wide and noisier due to more hikers. When I hiked this in January 2019, the 2 restrooms were closed and there were 2 (seemingly not-well-maintained) portable toilets at the trailhead instead. There were also lots of branches and even trees down across the trail in at least 2 places, presumably due to storms earlier this week.

Note that driving to the trailhead involves a lot of winding roads with limited visibility due to the turns in the hillside. Use caution and drive slowly (I recommend driving slower than the speed limit)!

There aren't many hikes that I would do twice, as I prefer to explore new places, but this is one I would definitely return to.

Pretty and diverse. Offers scenic views as well as intimate forest setting. Both wide trail and narrow in different sections. I did it by bike yet that's officially not permitted. Midweek the trail was almost empty.
Going counter clockwise, the ascent is very moderate until the last 0.3 miles.

A very nice area to spend the day hiking with plenty of picnic areas

trail running
8 days ago

Jan 13, 2019.

Muddy, sloppy, dicey in places. Gorgeous and a ton of fun. Bring a gel or two, and at least one water bottle. Counter clockwise is the ticket. The climb on the way back from the falls is pretty mellow.

I wrote down directions and put them in a plastic bag prior. GPS for All Trails actually worked the entire time, however.

I was slow for my own pace, and some spots I couldn’t go very fast. Plus I stopped to take pictures of course.

Go a couple days after a good rain. The trail will be firmer, but the falls will be active.

If you go counterclockwise, Sunset Trail, to Berry Creek Falls (Left), to Skyline to the Sea (Left), all the way back to the Sunset trail (the way you came), you should get it done in less than 2 hours. If you’re fast, 1 1/2 hours. If you get it done in less time than 90 minutes, you’re a nut!

I did it in 1:53 minutes, 9 miles total, walked the last 0.5 because I bonked.

If you’re hiking, you should be able to get this hike done in less than 4 hours if you don’t lallygag. This IS NOT the 10.5 loop however. Don’t get confused. That loop takes longer. See my directions above. Be prepared, know where you are, and where you’re going. Don’t be a hero.

There’s a Wood bridge- big enough for cars - near the Sunset/Dool Trail Connecter. It’s a good spot to meet up with friends and get stretched out.

Happy running! Follow me on Strava!

Highly recommend this trail for its diverse terrain and there’s so much more than just the falls out there. If you decide to take the challenge I would suggest going counter clock wise and avoid the annoying crowds congregating at the falls area, you won’t see them until near the end. Most of the trail is downhill this way, and way more enjoyable. Once you make the falls area, sit and rest and enjoy the scenery .... it’s a nice payoff.

I’d recommend hiking shoes, with good grip and comfortable insoles .... your feet are going to thank you!

Complaints of the trail not being maintained are exaggerated. I’ve hiked these trails for decades and they are fine. You’re in the outdoors, expect some overhanging plants. Once you are on the ridge, you are on an old dirt road with tons of ups and downs, very much like a fire road trail. The ridge isn’t especially pretty, but incredible views and you can watch planes take off from SFO. No dogs or bikes, that’s a good thing.

Great hike, amazing views. Less traveled than many routes on Diablo. We had wind gusts up to 60 mph, which is unusual, but made it more adventurous. Would strongly recommend for someone who wants a decent workout in a relatively short hike.

I love this trail. It has many interesting features. If you go while it’s misty it adds even another element of beauty. One of my local favorites for sure.

We went up to Nevada falls via the Mist Trail and then looped back down the John Muir switchbacks. If you like to hike you must do this - it’s beautiful and rewarding. I love this hike. We went when the falls were just thundering and we were soaked so be prepared for that possibility depending on how Vernal falls is running. If you’re in Yosemite and have not done this hike just do it you will not regret it! Spectacular views.

Definitely one of my favorite trails!

JM trail was closed so we couldn't do the loop in mid october. Ended up doing out and back on the mist, still a great hike. Definitely one of the more popular trails in the valley, so be prepared for lots of traffic on trail.

Just got back into hiking before Thanksgiving and this was a great hike. Challenging; but, wasn't too overwhelming. Took a little detour to the observation center to see the view. That made it worth it. Clear day and beautiful views. Was about 34 degrees when we started. Wore layers. Should have brought gloves and something to cover my ears; but, wasn't horrible. Will definitely do this one again!!

We did this hike in mid-December. While cold on the valley floor, we quickly warmed up with both the elevation gain and increased exposure to the sun. Really busy at the base of the hike but thins out as different path options are made available. Beautiful views of the valley and two legendary waterfalls. Great places to stop for lunch or enjoy a beer. Easy to follow, although we weren't able to do the full loop due to trail closures from rockfall risk.

Challenging hike but the views are worth it. I'd definitely like to check it out in the Spring. Trail got pretty busy on the way down so start early.

Awesome trail that is almost completely uphill out and downhill back. This is a do not miss hike when in Yosemite. The views get better and better as you go. Completed it over New Years so it was a little icy on the stairs by the top of the falls but there is a little side route to avoid the ice if you need.

Loved this hike. I thought it was more of a hard hike than moderate. The incline was pretty steep.

hiking
25 days ago

Very pleasant hike through the redwoods. Long, lots of steady downhill getting to the falls, which means lots of steady uphill coming back to the park headquarters, but nothing very steep, so not super strenuous. Arrived at the trailhead on a Thursday at 8:50am and only a couple cars, but by the time we finished the hike at 1 it was pretty packed, and we saw many groups on the trail heading out as we were heading in. We did a counterclockwise loop, as recommended, avoiding a trail closure on the Sunset Connector Trail, for a total of 11.3 mi, 2331 ft of elevation change in 4 hours, 10 minutes. The waterfalls were not astounding, but they were very pretty, and there are good viewpoints of all three falls along the trail. The long trek to and from the falls through the redwoods is pleasant, although it can be a little monotonous. Overall a very nice hike, be sure to bring layers since it does get chilly in the shade of the redwoods, even on a gorgeous sunny day like today.

Great Trail with beautiful waterfalls. Definitely a full day if you hike the loop.

hiking
1 month ago

Parts of the Mist trail are closed, detouring you to John Muir trail. It makes it longer by ~2.5 but completely with it. Great views of upper Yosemite Falls as you hike up John Muir trail

It’s really good one with great waterfalls.

Woah! Great hike, straight up at some points but worth it. Some ice on the steps toward the top. Amazing views, wonderful waterfall and less than 10 people!

did the loop once last spring it is more like 12 miles the fall are alot better after a heavy rain

My girlfriend and I did this hike on Sunday (12/2) after having camped in the Upper Pines Campground the night before.

After watching sunrise at Tunnel View and exploring the Yosemite Valley Village, we made the short drive over to the small parking lot closest to the trail. We began our trek around 11:30 am and arrived back at our car around 4 pm.

From the very beginning of our hike it was incredibly icy. We saw a multitude of "tourists" attempting to climb the steep walkway leading to the Vernal Footbridge in nothing more than sneakers and other forms of unseasonable footwear. However, after this point we saw only three or four other groups of hikers on our way up Nevada Falls, all adequately prepared to take on the elements.

The initial staircase to the top of Vernal Falls wasn't too frozen over, until the very end, and that's when it became very slick. Luckily, my girlfriend and I were wearing our Yaktrax and that allowed us to maneuver our way up the stairs without issue.

Although neither one of the falls were gushing (as they do in the spring and summer) enough to give us the spray that The Mist Trail gets its namesake, it was probably for the best, as the vast majority of the trail was in the shade and I don't think it got above freezing. However, that didn't deter us from thoroughly enjoying this majestic hike with the stark contrast of sunshine reflecting off granite rocks against the fresh coat of snow on the shaded riverbank; which made for some magnificent photography opportunities!

This hike definitely lived up to the hype!

Wonderful hiking trail! A bit challenging with the incline but worth every step. Spectacular view of the waterfall and Yosemite rock structure.

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