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hiking
7 days ago

INCREDIBLE! Started at 9am at the trailhead, and very thankful we did, as on the way down there were a TON of people heading up. The falls are beautiful even at their low levels. Saw a momma bear and her babies at the top of Vernal Falls beside Emerald Pool, and encountered them 2 more times, once between the falls and a third time at the top of Nevada Falls about 30yds away and they startled me pretty badly! Took the John Muir trail back down which was beautiful. Rested for about 2 hours total at the falls, plus the time to wait for the bears to cross our path the second time and not disturb them, it took us 6 hours total. Strenuous, and I could see it be much harder when there’s a lot of mist, but SO worth it. Will definitely be doing it again!

Wonderful views all the way. Highly recommend taking the John Muir Trail back down to avoid the knee grinding steps of the Mist Trail. We saw some juvenile bears pigging out in one of the treetops.

We did the Grizzly Giant (medium) loop. It was stunning and well maintained. The new parking lot was easy and the shuttles were on a steady schedule. This is an easy hike (really a walk) and we did the entire loop vs turning around. As most turn around, the return was really quiet and lovely. Remember we did this in mid October on a Friday.

walking
12 days ago

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

October is a great time to visit Yosemite. Very few crowds, perfect weather, just beautiful. The Mariposa Grove has been re-imagined to protect it from the millions of visitors. They have done a phenomenal job! The free shuttle from the parking area to the grove is fast and efficient. We hiked the Mariposa Trail to Wawona Point. The maps say the elevation gain is 1200 feet, but the trail is wide and gently sloping making for an easy trip. It is well with the effort as the views are amazing! Also, once we were out of the lower grove, the crowds thinned and we were nearly alone. Just imagine walking among the oldest living things on earth (2000 years old!) in the quiet of the grove. Stunning.There are many variations to the hike that you can do. We spent about 4 hours and covered most of the highlights.

Great trail with wonderful sites. We stayed mainly on the lower trail for our 3 year old and we had a great time. Went in early October, great weather without a huge crowd.

my wife and I just got done going up and down. went up at 1145a got there at 245p. stayed up there and enjoyed the views for an hour. headed down, that took about 2 hours on the dot. mosquitoes were waiting for us, but walk fast to the base camp restaurant to refuel. we dont hike hardly at all but first time in Yosemite we wanted a challenge and the thrill of accomplishing this. went through half a gallon of water, sunscreen was a good idea as well. bring snacks for the top!

Beautiful intro to Yosemite for me! A nice variety of challenges and resting points. Some of the inclines pushed me pretty hard but the rewards to follow (getting to the top of the falls) made everything so worth it. Took us 7.5 hours, including a few well-deserved naps in pretty, sunny places. :)

Loved this hike!! I would highly recommend going all the way to Nevada Falls and taking John Muir down! A total of 9.4 miles! Beautiful from top to bottom! We saw a huge bear along the path as well! Amazing, solid, strenuous hike worth every step!!

Very difficult. Steps up are no joke. Take your time but the views at the top of each fall are very good. I recommend going earlier rather than later because the trail gets dry crowded.

Incredible waterfalls. Did this in February and they were flowing like mad.

Some amazing views, even when the waterfalls were at a low level. We even got super lucky and saw a bear and her two cubs at the top of Vernal falls! There were less people as the trail went on, start early and avoid the crowds at the start.

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

Awesome - was glad we came back John Muir trail! Crowded at vernal falls but pretty much had trail to ourselves to Nevada Falls. Spectacular views from top!

hiking
20 days ago

outstanding

one of my favorite trails as we only reached vernal falls and went for a dip. water was freezing cold but durable and manageable.

hiking
21 days ago

Great Views!

Bring your hiking poles and hiking shoes!! I brought mine even though I read here that you shouldn’t and I’m glad I did. so many people commented they wish they had poles. This trail is not as bad as upper Yosemite falls. Made it up in 2hrs 20 minutes but it took me longer to Get down probably because I yielded to so many coming up later in the day. Beautiful views for sure. 8am start was perfect.

hiking
23 days ago

Tough hike, but the rewards are worth it. The views all along are sublime. Bring plenty of water, as you’ll need more than you think. It’s an arduous climb, so don’t be ashamed to stop and catch your breath and take in the scenery. Other folks will be stopping too. The stair portions are really tough, but push through the pain. Unfortunately we took the wrong turn coming down so we had to revisit the dreaded steps!

Not for your out of shape

hiking
23 days ago

I did just the down portion of this hike. I was driven up to glacier point and enjoyed the wonderful view of half dome, north dome, Yosemite falls, and the valley floor. The trail was a strenuous walk down. It’s rocky and can be a bit slippery in spots with sandy rock on top of the “paved portion.” There were great views of El Capitan and the cathedral rocks, as well as Yosemite falls on the decent.

I really like this trail, although I only did half. It is beautiful and one of God's masterpieces...

Good trail, flat in some spots, saw a lot of animals, bear, foxes and coyote.

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
28 days ago

I did this on 22nd September. Started late around 11:30 AM. Took 4 hours for ascent and 3 hours for decent. Terrain is treacherous, hiking poles don't help well due to uneven grounds. Switchbacks sometimes seem never ending. Yosemite waterfall was dry, so the wall looked plain and dull. The valley view was spectacular but never changing. You will reach a point where you will see half dome and that's more than half way done. Bring plenty of water for one way like 2 liters as at the top you can refill it. Get good shoes with traction as the terrain is slippery due to gravel and sand. Very challenging hike with rewarding views throughout. If you are starting late, please get bug spray as after 5-6 PM, the biting flies won't leave you, I promise. Nevertheless, I will definitely be coming back next April to do the same when the water peak off is high. Can't wait.

22nd September was free national park day and the crowd at glacier point was crazy.

Glad it was finally open since it's restoration. Still a very nice hike.

beautiful challenging trail

Did this in 2017 and a year on I am still convinced it is the best hike I have ever done. So rewarding on both ascent and descent and not just for the two falls. The scenery throughout is stunning. Hard to avoid the crowds but many don't proceed to Nevada. It is tough by virtue of its distance and constant, steady elevation gain but it is not a killer. Take your time and enjoy every step. It really will take some beating for me to find a better hike

tough but worth it!!!

Can’t wait to come back in spring

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