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We only made it to the bridge, but it was well worth the climb. There are some very steep grades and a lot of beautiful scenery.

Loved this trail. It was a good workout with the reward of stunning views. Would definitely recommend!

backpacking
4 days ago

Considering it is monsoon season, I studied the hell out of this hike before leaving. They really put the fear into you about flash flooding and we obsessed over the weather. Greg Grawunder's review is excellent and mostly what I used in my planning process. Here's what I have to add:

Absolutely bring at least one trekking pole. Everyone in our group had a set of two but me, and I didn't feel I was lacking anything. It was very useful to be able to use my free hand to scramble around obstacles and fiddle with my camera. You will especially appreciate the pole on the second day where the water gets deeper and faster, and you are starting to feel the mileage. It's especially helpful to test the depth of the water with since it's murky with the hordes of people stomping through it.

I was the only person in our party that didn't buy neoprene socks. I read someplace that merino wool socks are just as good, and I would agree for this time of year. My feet never got cold, and they drained well. They also dried completely overnight. I wore well-vented trail shoes and my ankles were just fine.

I highly recommend camping overnight if you can. We stayed in campsite 3 and it was delightful. It's high enough above the water to not feel worried as I drifted off to sleep, and people don't walk through your camp. The first 2 campsites are right on the river and that would have made me super nervous. Sites 6, 7, and 9 looked pretty rad also. It was great to rest, dry off, and then hit the harder parts (and the chaos) the next day. Sleeping by the river was awesome. A person in our party had a hammock and was able to find suitable trees to use. Plenty of space for 6 people with lots of wiggle room. I slept in an Outdoor Research Bug Bivy and a synthetic 45 degree bag and was toasty. Didn't see many bugs or critters.

My phone tracked 20.5 miles.

This hike was spectacular. Seriously don't forget to stop and look up, around, and behind you.

Short, easy and pretty. But also unbelievably crowded with many people being their most annoying selves, showing absolutely no regard for anyone or anything else, just so they have the "perfect" Instagram picture...

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful view from the trail. This trail is rated moderate. I hate to see what hard is. Take lots of water and enjoy the scenery. We are beginners so It was hard for us but we were able to conquer it. I would recommend this.

This trail has amazing views! We hiked all the way up to Nevada falls, it was a hard hike with A LOT of stairs. Once you get to venal falls, the crowd starts to disperse. Bring lots of water for this hike and sunscreen. This hike is on the hard side but the views from the top make it worth it!! Take the John Muir trail back, it adds a mile but you get to see another side of the waterfall by taking the John Muir trail back.

My best friend and I found this trail when we visited Yosemite a few summers ago. This was a bit difficult as it was ALL uphill so go prepared with water and light snacks! Once you hike about 30 min, you will come up to a break area with water fountains for drinks/bathrooms, etc.
Then after, there are some stone steps which are very steep and possibly slippery due to the mist waterfall. Those will take you all the way up to the top of the waterfall, as well as a cold swimming hole to swim in after the hike! There is an area where you can slide down the smooth rock into the water. We just jumped in and swam to the other side of the hole. We went in late June so it was amazing to jump into and then lay on the hot rock on the other end. No towel needed since we dried off pretty quick! I know the hike continued on but we stopped there, turned around and made our way back down to the bottom. That was the easy part since it was all downhill,especially after the cool down in the swimming hole.

I’d do this hike again but I’d be more prepared next time physically! If you aren’t in shape physically, this will be a tough hike for you! You probably won’t make it to the top if you bring young children due to the steepness towards the top. Can be a bit dangerous. If they are older and mature enough to handle the hike, it would be worth it as they would enjoy the swimming hole! Makes for a great reward! The trail was pretty populated, but it will thin out towards the top due to the length & difficulty of the hike. Very beautiful scenery during the entire hike! Bring a camera! Afterwards, we couldn’t believe we’d only hiked 1.5 miles up to the top! Felt much longer!

I feel like I would have enjoyed this more if I weren’t shoulder to shoulder with other hikers. Especially with the narrowing of the trail along the steps close to the falls. The trail was PACKED.

backpacking
16 days ago

We did this in late July, we had a good time. The first day was pretty easy, we got to camp site # 5 around 2:00 ish. The second day was harder than I thought it would be, mainly because it is longer than 15 miles and because of the crowds of people. Walking sticks or poles are a must, as you get tired it gets harder to walk on the rocks. This was a must do for us and I’m glad we did it!

backpacking
21 days ago

This was the best hike I have done. We did this as a two day backpacking trip and stayed at campsite 8. Campsite 8 was nice because it had an alcove in the canyon wall large enough for a 2 or 3 person tent. It was useful since it rained both days we were in the narrows and we were able to keep our tent dry. Try to do this hike during the dry season so the threat of flash flooding isn't as great.

Take the mist trail up to Nevada Falls, and then come back down the John Muir Trail. The views of Liberty Cap are amazing from the ridge line as you are leaving Nevada Falls. The trail is crammed with people, so be prepared and leave early. Hike is much harder than you would think based on the number of people there.

oh my goodness. I did this hike with a 25 pound child on my back which made the hike 10x harder. very steep climb to the top and very slippery. the view was stunning on the bright side.

Amazing hike. Here are a few things you need to know about top-down.

- Permit is required for top-down
- this is a very long day. It says 16 miles (as the river flows) but you really do about 22 miles. It’s because you’re constantly zigzagging across the river for the best route. This mileage was recorded by multiple devices in our group, including the AllTrails app.
- trekking poles or walking stick aren’t just a must, but an absolute necessity. I recommend trekking poles for better balance as you cross the river about 100 times.
- canyoneering boots or a good pair of wading boots are a must. A couple from our group did it in shoes but it will wear your ankles out. Lots of rock hopping.
- the top 10 miles are amazing because you are all alone. Way too many people doing bottom-up. Once you hit the crowds on the way down, it’s a zoo.
- some of the best scenery is actually close to the end.
- get there early. It took us 8 hours but we were cruising. Some miss the last shuttle by starting too late. Adding 8 miles of walking back to town would suck.
- you either need to arrange a shuttle to the trailhead or park at the trailhead and get a shuttle the next day.
- it’s a long drive to the trailhead from Springdale. Took us almost two hours.
- bring plenty of water. You can’t filter until about halfway because the water source is unsafe from the cattle until you start hitting the clean water coming in from other creeks.
- bring food. We burned 8,000 calories that day and 50,000 steps.
- it’s not rated as strenuous because it’s all downhill and more of a marathon. Subway is way more strenuous but shorter. But I was more tired at the end of the narrows.
- you will get wet. Just plan on it and you’ll be fine. Small dry bags inside a backpack do the trick. Some sections are chest deep wading. Most is ankle to knee deep.
- you can’t see the sky for most of it. Know the weather risks before you leave town. No reception outside of Springdale. Flash floods happen often. Watch for murky water and debris, know the nearest high-ground. Always be making note of how far behind you the high ground is. Use a Topo map or the alltrails map and know where you are at all times. There are multiple sections where there is no high-ground.
- be prepared. If you’re doing it in one day, it’s a beating. Recommend getting a camping permit if you want to take it slower. You will be very sore even if you run marathons. Different muscles when you’re wading through water and rock hopping all day long.
- be prepared for amazing. I actually liked subway better but this hike is absolutely beautiful. Do your homework, be prepared.

Seen a reviewer post previous to mine asking about dogs (Lauren Woods)...i believe i did see a dog on this trail when we went BUT i wouldnt recommend taking a dog to the top of the falls. The trail starts off paved before tuning to dirt mixed with stone staircase...the stones arent an even 8" or 10" step, they vary alot and some of the steepest parts its easily 18"-2ft in a step up height, plus a narrow railing at the end to get to the top of first falls. PLUS this is a very crowded hike, so if you arent on your way down and almost finished with the hike by 10AM u will be dodging the "ant trail" of people on their way up that started at like 9:30 or 10am. The hike down was not fun with all the people but overall avery fun trail moderate trail. Not sure how much water is left but we hike 1st week of June and it was perfect. I have some photos posted of the trip, specifically a couple of the falls if anyone want to see for perspective. My IG is @m_packmore

I have a quick question- I am gearing up to go on this hike! Are dogs allowed?

AMAZING hike! So happy I did it, but if I had to do it over (which hopefully I will!), I would Backpack it instead of a day hike. So peaceful on the top section before you hit the tourist crowds at the bottom!

I'd say more moderate than easy due to the Stone "stairs." Still doable by the 7 year old with me. Granted, air quality was poor due to smoke from wildfires. The "stairs" were cool and the "lake" was awesome even with low water levels. Would love to do the whole thing on a clearer day.

Very cool and relaxing hike up the falls. Took about 3 1/2 hours round trip but that was just to the top of Nevada fall. The most from the falls feels good for about the last 1/2 mile. Very populated trail btw. Also accesible form the John Muir trail

Great easy hike! Paved the whole way. Did this hike with a large group with an age range from 3 months old (in a stroller) up to 82 years old. We came in a dry season, so we were able to climb around the boulders below the falls to get pretty close to the falls.

backpacking
30 days ago

This hike was worth every minute!! The following of the river and then camping right next to it was breath taking. The views from top-down are something so beautiful. The hike itself isn’t awful, however we camped at campsite 5 and hiked 16 miles to get there. That’s from where the shuttle drops you off to the campsite.

Amazing hike, falls, and final destination at the top of the falls!

Great trail, if you doing a full loop it is probably too hard for younger kids and Its just over 12 miles. Make sure you have plenty of water.

An absolute must for first timers, soak your feet at the top in the ice cold water until they’re numb, it’ll make the trip down easier.

Absolutely wonderful! A little tough if you aren’t used to hiking a lot but the views are well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Once in a lifetime hike. Amazing views throughout entire hike, just have to remind yourself to look up. Walking through water most of the time, I recommend high-top boots with synthetic socks. Ski poles or a walking stick are necessary, as you are constantly stepping on mossy rocks under the water surface.

An absolute must! An amazing hike to soak in the magnitude that is Yosemite. If hiking in the summer, start early to avoid the sun as well as the crowds. As others before have, I suggest taking the John Muir trail back down to avoid the crowds and the wet rock steps going back down the trail. This is one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done! .....when you do it early.

This is my first time going to Nevada falls. I've done the Vernal Falls part of the trail multiple times. I loved making the entire loop. It was a beautiful hike that I can't wait to do again.

First time to Yosemite and First hiking trail...I loved it great work out..

on Valencia Peak Trail

1 month ago

just hiked this one earlier today. fog was a view killer, but it was nice and cool. I will be back, for sure.

we just finish the trail in vernal waterfall, it's so beautiful there and I will give 5 stars for the trail!

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