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on Bridalveil Fall Trail

3 days ago

East short walk in the snow.

on Bridalveil Fall Trail

3 days ago

Pretty trail in winter.

Amazing view, totally worth the trip!

We made the hike Christmas Day, just before a family dinner. Very nice family hike. It is a little steep but not too bad. The youngsters of our group had no problems, but some of the seventy year olds needed a very short break about three quarters of the way up. There was a lot of water, so the falls look great, and very much worth the hike. Once you get to he falls, you are very close to them. That is great for looking at them but not for picture taking. My 70mm lense could not focus on the falls because we were too close. Would do the hike again in a heart beat.

We did this hike January 11th and were astonished with how warm it was! We brought MANY layers ready for chilly weather but we ended up stripping down to a single layer of pants and t-shirt! If you start from 7-9AM you are going to be in direct sunlight for the entire trip up with little intervals of shade. With that said, we were so happy to feel the suns warmth (hot!!) because we were coming from freezing Boston weather. This hike had scenic views the entire way up and down which made it really special. The half dome is perfectly visible throughout the first 2 miles of the hike or so. Then the views switch to the falls! Gorgeous. Perfect introduction to Yosemite. Took us about 6 hours because we had breaks of taking off layers.

—WARNING—

The last 1.5 miles of the switchbacks are covered in snow and ice. We brought spikes for our shoes and we cruised along but we saw MANY fall hard. To enjoy the entirety of the hike, definitely buy shoe spikes!

It got harder towards the end and the last portion was completely covered in snow. Overall great hike with multiple waterfall views. We just did this today and loved it. You also get multiple AMAZING views of Wowona Dome throughout the whole hike. We only saw one couple on the hike the entire time. Would definitely recommend!

Gorgeous hike, it wasn’t difficult at all. Lots to see, the beauty is breathtaking!!

Short and sweet! Easy walk to the bottom of the falls.

This was my favorite hike of all time. The difficult hike up is totally worth it because of the amazing views. Did this hike in the middle of December, and there was only a little bit of ice towards the top.

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.

Really fast if you know what you are doing.

Was quick and easy... nice view!

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.

15 days ago

Did this in 2016. Was beautiful and well worth it.

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.

Beautifully remodeled and our precious trees and so amazingly protected! Great loop! Went off season so that added 4 miles to our hike but IT WAS WORTH IT!

very nice short hike. watefall is gorgeous. we did it in December an still has a lot of water. after a couple of feets if starting there are two options, dirt trail on the right is shorter but a little narrwo on some spots but still ok for children. path on the left towards the houses also take you to the waterfall but trail is a little longer and stiff.

beautiful fall. very short and worth doing with kids

we did it in December with little kids. really worth it. easy trail but it's a grove so you have to go down... and then up... but you get to see a lot of sequoias. good winter alternative to mariposa grove

not really a hike but a short walk but worth stopping and checking specially if you have little kids as we do. they loved it. we did it on December and it was impressive. the little creek was frozen adding additiona attractive

Great views! LOTS of hard switchbacks straight up. Take more water than you think you’ll need and trail running shoes are a must. This is definitely the hardest trail I’ve done, also be sure to leave early!

This is a rewarding hike. Lots of sequoias, ponderosa pine, and redwoods at all ages and stages of development. Depending how you feel about giant trees, the faithful couple and the clothespin tree are well worth the distance involved.

When the government is shut down, there’s about a two mile walk up to the trail head.

Great views of a different part of Yosemite and away from the big crowds. The trail is dotted with small waterfalls. The trip to the top and back was about 8.8 miles, so plan your day accordingly. Since it's out and back, you can turn around at any point. I'm glad I brought a heavy jacket. It got pretty cold at the top. We have no issues with Mountain lions or bugs. There was no snow either, even though it was mid December. I don't think I would try the steep parts of the trail when it's icy. Great day on the trail.

Awesome hike! Do it in spring like me, when the flow is the biggest!

Whole trip took 5 hours round trip, including breaks and lunch at the overlook. Things I would recommend bringing: sunscreen, sunglasses, food/snack, plenty of water, a good pair of boots. Optional gear: micro spikes and binoculars. The whole trail is amazing. At points the sun reflecting off the snow and lack of tree cover can be relatively intense (hence the glasses and cream). It gets icy at the top, but my friend made it all the way in a pair of tennis shoes. 10/10 would recommend to ANYONE

We went as far as the Lower Gate. It was spectacular. The views of the valley, Half Dome, and the falls were totally worthwhile. And the hike was a nice workout.

Hard not to give every hike in Yosemite 5 stars, this is a super easy short hike but great to see lower Yosemite falls, we did this back in October so the falls were just a trickle but beautiful regardless

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28 days ago

Amazing Trail! Would definitely go back! Bring plenty of water and snacks!

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