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We walked this trail back in July. It was a pretty quick walk so we decided to go off the regular trail. We went over the rocks and right up to the falls. It was still flowing in July.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike! Did it in November on a rainy day. If that’s what you’re planning to do, then be aware that trail and stairs are wet and slippery. If you have appropriate shoes, it is absolutely fine. Views are spectacular, the only downside is how crowded this trail is. Once you reach last third of the trail, it is pretty narrow on the stairs, due to which you have to stop and get off a bit in order to let people come up or down. We really enjoyed it regardless of crowds and rainy weather. Didn’t go further just because we did not pack enough water with us and initially planned it to be a short trip. However, you can continue to Nevada Falls and and other spectacular trails.

hiking
18 days ago

Try to get an early start. The trail was very crowded until the half way point where most people turn around.

Don’t miss the magnificent views here! And don’t be scared by the 252 feet—the elevation gain is less than that.

hiking
27 days ago

Nice hike but only 4 stars as the falls have dried up until snow melt in late spring. I’ll be back then.

Easy. Done it several times. Beautiful.

28 days ago

Kinda hard. Steep. Good.

Short easy paved trail. The waterfall was non-existent this time.

This is not really a hike. There are several viewpoints that are easily accessible. Everything is paved and secured. There are many tourists present at any time.

The view, for example, of the Half Dome, is still breathtaking!

Beautiful short walk, sadly no water this time of year.

Nice walk but unfortunately there was no water. From the videos we’ve seen, that would be amazing. It was still impressive to look at.

Great view from 7,000 feet up. You can look down in the valley where you were before plus see the surrounding mountains.

on Vernal Falls

1 month ago

Up the regular way and down through the John Muir trail. Wonderful views all the way.

Amazing trail

walking
2 months ago

Easy walk on a paved walkway that ends with an amazing view

2 months ago

Good hike, great views from the base of the Falls. The steps are a pain because of the need to focus on each step. It takes away from your ability take in the view on the way up. However, once at the Falls you can take your time and soak it all in.

Like other I recommend the Muir Trail down. You continue to go up in elevation to meet the trail, but the amount of human trafficking (just traffic) on the stairs going down appears like rush hour on the highway. The JMT allows you to feel as though you are still in the wild.

hiking
2 months ago

This an absolutely gorgeous waterfall if you come in early spring when it is flowing at it's peak. If you wait until late summer, it will still be flowing, but it is not as impressive. There are always a lot of people on this trail. Many of them stop at the bridge, but do yourself a favor and climb th steps next to the falls. They are uneven and wet, so make sure you have proper shoes on. However, once you reach the top, you get a beautiful view of the falls and can also see Nevada Falls. This trail is paved for a good portion of it, but it is definitely steep and once you do the 300 steps next to the falls, no question you will be feeling it. But if you want to see the falls up close, you can't beat this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

The view of the falls at the top is worth it! I had been on this trail before but never to the top because of the kids, usually stopped at the bridge. The trail is very busy. There are a lot of uneven stone steps at the top. There are bathrooms and water fountains near the bridge, but no trash cans so pack it in and pack it out (including your banana & orange peels please).

Got there in time to see sunrise and was worth getting up early - not many others around!

hiking
2 months ago

outstanding

We actually eloped at the bottom of the falls! Of course there was a crowd but I didn’t mind. The short paved trail was perfect for the few guests we had with us! We went in the middle of November and lucked out because it had rained pretty hard and the falls went from a trickle the previous day to a full on gushing waterfall the next day (our wedding day).

hiking
2 months ago

Great Views!

Beautiful views of the valley!! Especially gorgeous at sunset! There was a ranger talk when we went and she was an awesome story teller. You can tell she loves where she lives and loves telling visitors about Yosemite!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy and just so beautiful as you go around Lake Tenaya. Worth the drive.

Easy, paved trail with great views but in the Fall the upper and lower falls are dry. Still great views.

2 months ago

Beautiful. We went up the Mist trail, and then took the Muir trail back. Glad we did. Longer and more climbing, but worth it.

on Vernal Falls

hiking
2 months ago

While the Falls were beautiful, the Mist trail to the Vernal Falls was packed. At some points we were shoulder-to-shoulder. I think if you got there very early in the morning you'd be fine but we arrived at 10 and had to fight the crowds.

hiking
2 months ago

Beginning of September the waterfall was still flowing, but not roaring like it can in the Spring. The hike is very popular - so prepare for lots of people. Many stop at the bridge and turn back but I highly recommend climbing the stairs to the base of the falls.
The little squirrels are so use to people and have learned to crawl into your packs for food! The stairs to the top of the falls are considered strenuous but WORTH IT! The view is breathtaking and there is lots more to explore at the top!
**The bathrooms were working and there ARE water fountains by the bridge when I hiked. I refilled our water bottles on the way back down.

hiking
2 months ago

Such a beautiful lake in the middle of Yosemite National Park! Was there Labor Day weekend and there were still people swimming and plenty of happy people! Very clear lake and many great photo ops too!

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