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

3 days ago

This hike was surprisingly beautiful and away from the crowds. We went to watch the sunset & star gaze. There were a handful of people there, but we were alone not long after the sun started going down. Not a very difficult hike for someone in average shape. Very short & not too much of an uphill climb. Definitely suggest passing the general parking area for the trail and continuing down the road just a bit until you get to a service road on the left hand side. There is a small parking area directly across the street. You can hike this service road right up to the trail which will cut a good portion of the distance off of your hike:-) The 360 degree view of Yosemite is well worth it! Just stunning!

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

4 days ago

Fantastic trail. As it is a paved path I can understand why it is considered moderate; however... my wife mentioned several times during the ascent that it she thought it was anything but. I loved it any want to go all the way to Half Dome next time I'm in the area.

Possibly my favorite hike in the world!

4 days ago

Great little walk for an amazing view of Half Dome and the valley floor.

4 days ago

Great little hike! Pretty leisurely most of the way, the last little stretch is more difficult because it gets really steep but that only lasts a couple minutes while you get to the summit.

Really enjoyed how scenic this trail was. Great for kids! The two twin bridges were lovely and after a warm day it was nice to hang out in the river before finishing up the trail. We even saw donkeys passing though on the bridge. The meadow is breathtaking.

Great views. It’s a great trail of you are a little short on time. It’s not as crowded as the trails from the valley floor.

Great warm-up hike to start your day. Do this hike every day of your visit to get the juices flowing.

Family hike in mid June...on a Wednesday. Got to the trail head parking lot around 8am and there were still a few parking spots left. Much later and we would have ended up at the Yosemite Village lot.

You’re looking at this hike because you know how amazing the waterfalls are so I’m not going to comment on that other than it’s definitely worth going all the way up to the to of Nevada Falls.

We followed the Mist Trail up to the top of Nevada Falls. There was plenty of people on the trail but It wasn’t crowded that time of day. The steps heading up to Vernal were very wet (from the mist). It took about 3 hours to get to the top of Nevada...we were hiking with our 11 year old twins and 8 year old daughter. It was tough for the 8 year old but she made it with minimal complaints. We had lunch at the top and then decided to take John Muir trail back down...HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS!!! Looking at a trail map it added about a mile on to the hike vice going back the way we came, but it avoided having to go down the wet stairs and going against the traffic coming up. I’m positive it was faster then heading back the way we came. The John Muir trail joins the Mist Trail about 0.5 miles below Vernal Falls. Once we got back on the Mist Trail (now about 1pm) it was very crowded.
If you are concerned about the wet steps or step switch back you can take the John Muir trail up as well, but you will miss Vernal Falls and some great views along the Mist Trail.

Amazing views!

8 days ago

Easy hike but beware of a bear that has been seen around the area after you turn right at the sight of sentinel dome.

scenic driving
9 days ago

Take your camera

9 days ago

Amazing views for a pretty easy hike

Best hike ever! Took misty rail up to vernal falls and it was very crowded all day. Make sure you go early to avoid the crowd.

Finished this hike in about 5 hours with lots of stopping and admiring the waterfalls. I was very thankful we only went up the Mist trail since the stairs seemed somewhat precarious/slippery to go down. If you’re inclined to spend more time on this hike, bring a swim suit! There are great pools both at Vernal and Navada falls, but of course be extremely careful of the strong currents. Both falls were really beautiful, but if you had to do only one, Vernal is really impressive and beautiful. Luckily it’s also an easier hike :) I did this hike 5 month pregnant and did fine. There were also several kids doing this hike. If you’re in reasonably good shape, it’s very doable. Give yourself the day, plenty of breaks and water, and you’ll see some of the best of what Yosemite has to offer!

Beautiful hike! From the valley floor to Vernal is harder than Vernal to Nevada. I enjoy using the JMT to avoid the stairs on the mist trail, especially coming down. This is a popular trail and you will be around a lot of people.

11 days ago

Easy hike with my family. My 8 and 9 year old boys did great! Hiked right up without having to take any breaks, other than to snap a few pictures. Beautiful views from up top. Well worth it!

Awesome hike! Totally worth climbing all the way to the top of Nevada fall.

12 days ago

2.2 mile hike round trip. Minimal effort with amazing views. If you have time, do Taft’s Point trail too. It’s only 2.2 round trip too from same trail head starting point.

Amazing views. Well worth it. Both of my parents made it up no problem - I ran ahead... literally ran. It took me 18 mins to run. Took them about 40 minutes to get up. WELL WORTH IT!! On the way down I did run into a very large black bear (looked like a grizzly but someone corrected me that there aren’t any grizzly in Yosemite...). Bring a whistle or be loud. All worked out and was a great hike!!

No way is this a moderate trail. It’s an easy trail. I walked up there with my family and brother who had a 4 month old strapped to his chest and my 2 1/2 year old nephew. My nephew only needed a little assistance through 2 or 3 tricky areas but over all he walked the whole thing by him self. At the top there is outstanding views. I would recommend to anyone looking for an easy hike with an outcome of amazing views

15 days ago

Wonderful hike. We went back by John Muir trail which give you a beautiful sight of the fall from above. Starting our hike at 8am we had the chance to see a bear and a bobcat on the trail.

Really fantastic trails are kept up lots of wildlife beautiful views a little hot quite a few people but you can’t beat it !!! The falls are magnificent an absolute must see

We hiked up to Vernal Falls via mist trail and then over and down the John Muir Trail. Recommend this route if your not going any further.

We went early morning and would highly recommend as on the way down was VERY crowded.

Amazing views / don’t forget to stop and look around as every turn is spectacular.

I found the first portion of this hike from trail head to bridge to be the most difficult. I enjoyed the steps up to the falls and loved the views looking back from the John Muir trail.

Easy going walk via the nature trail up to mirror lake. Enjoyed all the boulders that had fallen from the cliff above (half dome).

Several doe and fawn in the meadow upon our arrival and not startled as we kept our distance and admired North Dome and Half Dome.

This is such a beautiful trail and it’s the one that started me on a hiking craze! The stairs were very doable, and if you work out a few times a week you’ll be completely fine! The views are so pretty going up the trail and it’s a huge sense of accomplishment climbing up the waterfall! We climbed up to the base of Nevada falls and then backtracked to the John Muir and took that route down due to time constraints. It’s worth noting that it is quite a bit more climbing up steps to reach the John Muir trail from above Vernal Falls, however I’d still recommend that route rather than going back down the steep steps of the most trail. Can’t wait to complete the entire trail up to the top of Nevada falls one day!

18 days ago

Great hike! A little strenous if you’re not used to high inclines. From happy isles bridge, there will be lots of incline walks, so be prepared and bring lots of water! As you pass by the vernal falls bridge 0.8 mi, you get close to the stone stairs up, then you’ll see the mist and you’ll get wet. Vernal Falls is so pretty! Little more high stairs up to get up to the top of the falls. Great view up there and you’ll see how high you went up. You’ll also see the Emerald Pool.

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