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Picturesque hike! Wow.

During snowy conditions, Yaktrax shoe chains are definitely worth it, as it gets pretty icy! You can by them for ~ $25 in the shop in Curry Village.

Did it on a cloudy/snowy day so I didn't get the full valley view but the waterfall is amazing. Presented a challenge for sure and breaks were definitely appreciated but it's not too horrible. Just get ready for switchbacks.

Great view of the valley. Tons of switch backs so be ready. Since the floor is made out of stone, it can be pretty rough on your feet.

This was a great trail would definitely recommend it.

Awesome hike! Beautiful view of the waterfall, if my 9 year old can do it...so can you! Didn’t make the last five minutes of it due to the snow on the hill face, didn’t have the proper shoes. Still got an awesome view of the falls!

I’ve done this hike without snow & ice & its totally different. Still a great hike, but icy/snowy & slippery in spots. Especially past the base of Vernal Falls. See pics :)

10 days ago

Lots of snow and ice on the trail today. (3/11/18) Trekking poles are a must! But I’m pretty uncomfortable on snow/ice... Also, the trail is closed after Inspiration Point (~3miles up) right now. I only made it about 2 miles up.

Nice trail even in winter. Yosemite in March is awesome.

LOVE it!! Go early in the morning though.

The lake is more like a pond but still pretty. The 90 degree angled granite in the background is what will take your breath away though.

Did this in the winter and it was a beautiful.

Did this hike a day after completing half dome hike (worth it for the views/my legs hated me). The switch back stair cases seemed to drag on forever and there are a few declines. Be aware that these staircases are pretty brutal for most (lots of people give up). Started early to get views of the sunrise from the top of the waterfall. I want to say it took roughly 2 hours to summit (I ended up going up to Yosemite Point after the sunrise). Great views from the top of the waterfall!

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Awesome trail I've been able to do a couple of times...

Crampons/yak tracks are smart, snowshoes in some places are almost required. Breaking trail this morning had a few slide spots, but was clear and slick by the afternoon! 10/10 would recommend, be prepared and for the love of god don’t wear your vans skate shoes

Oh my goodness. This was my first trail at Yosemite and it was incredible. You can’t beat the view from the top of Nevada Falls. Definitely recommend this hike! Just make sure you pack plenty of water!

Difficult yet rewarding. 3.5 mile uphill climb (with a couple spits of downhill) containing the most gorgeous views. Starts near Camp 4, so you get to see all the climbers before you start, and the top has a beautiful view of Yosemite valley to sit in awe at. The return 3.5 miles wasn’t terrible but encouraged me to buy trekking poles for my knees. Hiking this was my favorite day of 2018.

Such a beautiful snowy day for a wonderful trail

Most difficult hike I’ve ever done. Holy moly! To date, I’ve completed it three times- each time was different. The summit has the most amazing views on the planet, imho. The crazy little staircase tight next to the falls were reminiscent of an Indiana Jones movie. As an added bonus, some crazy SOBs were slack lining over the falls.

The summer was by far the most strenuous. I thought I hydrated enough that week and took a CamelBack with water and a water bottle, but it was not enough. The second half of the hike, fully exposed to the sun, I became pretty terribly dehydrated. Took about 3.5 hours to reach the top. In hindsight, I realized that that was the reason I had insane cramps after stopping at the top to rest. I couldn’t straighten my legs. It was pretty bad. My friends drank water from the river, but I didn’t dare because of the what I heard about the parasites that comes from animal urine that ends up in the water.

The two other times I hiked it in the fall and spring, got up to the top in 2.5 hours and felt amazing. The lack of heat and summer sun exposure were the difference.

I HIGHLY recommend trekking poles, especially for the trip back down. They were a lifesaver. I hiked with and then forgot them the second time and the difference was night and day. The gravel is brutal on your feet and knees and the poles really helped soften the impact on the way down. And they helped me when the more decomposed granite made me slip. Happened a bunch of times. If you’re a beginner the poles will come in handy because you can also use your upper body to help you hike up when your legs start to get tired. And they will!

GET GOOD HIKING SHOES AND BREAK THEM IN WELL BEFORE THIS HIKE. One of my friends wore Converses and... let’s say he was in really bad pain by the end.

If you’re doing the hike to lose weight, don’t do what I did and not eat on the way up because you wanted to keep your calories low and calorie burning high. Protein bars and trail mix make a significant difference in improving your performance. Don’t get it twisted, this hike is very physically demanding and mentally, but so worth it!

I’m going back in late-April and can’t wait!

Hope this all helps!


Completed this last August. Stunning! Uneven stairs and switchbacks almost the entire way, but, I’ll be doing this again! A beer in the valley at the end never tasted so good!

Hiked it today, 2/25. Reviewer below who recommended crampons was not kidding. Going up was fine, the top of the trail was easily hikeable slush, but by the time we came down it had frozen again, turning into an icy slip n slide. Thank god for hiking poles! Slippery conditions aside it was such a special experience seeing the falls in the winter, snowcapped on top with a giant powdery mountain of frozen mist at the bottom. And hearing the booming thunder of huge waterfall icicles breaking away and crashing down the granite wall. It’s a crowded trail and an intense climb, and while while winter is now my favorite, any time of year is totally worth it to sit in the mouth of the tallest waterfall in North America.

One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. The hike was steep and somewhat challenging. There are many switchbacks. We did it in the middle of summer and it was very hot. Lots of shade though and the mist from the waterfall felt great! Bring lots of water and some snacks. Wear some good hiking shoes with good support and tread. The waterfall and views will not disappoint. Can’t wait to go back!

24 days ago

A little snow on the trail today - trekking poles were great. Views were unbelievable!

This is the most amazing trail. You get to hike right next to the water fall, which is beautiful, but prepared to get VERY wet! The steps going up the waterfall are very slippery, so you need shoes with good traction. Also, I would call this trail difficult rather than moderate. Many people were turning back half way up. Definitely worth it though!!

Difficult trail but the view is amazing.

Challenging hike with amazing view of the half dome,Yosemite Valley and Upper Yosemite Falls.Still with lots of snow in the trail.crampons and trekking poles highly recommend .

Amazing, high elevation so you need to be prepared and be in shape for this trail. Wear appropriate hiking shoes! I’ve seen people in flip flops and sneakers and they did not make it on the last leg of the trail.

started my hike at Yosemite village, went to half dome village,then on to mirror lake, absolutely beautiful there, from there I went to the ahwanee hotel where I ate my lunch on the back lawn and felt like a king.after lunch I set off for Yosemite falls,then walked through cooks meadow to sentinel bridge.came in February in hopes of seeing horsetail falls at sunset but alas we're back in a drought year and there just haven't been enough precipitation, but I'm not disappointed, after all I'm in Yosemite it's beautiful here and no crowds!

I give the Valley Loop 5 stars because of its versatility. The whole thing is over 20 miles, so you can plan a good route between viewpoints you’re looking for. Also, my biggest factor is that you can bring your dog! I walked with my pup from the Valley Loop parking lot (this app directs you there), passed the Lower Falls, to Mirror Lake and back. Dogs apparently aren’t supposed to go in the creek, but the trail access we took didn’t have a sign. We went on Presidents Day, so the Falls were packed and the lake a bit busy. The rest of the trail was still pretty barren considering a holiday weekend. The trail obviously doesn’t have Glacier Point type views, but it was beautiful and enjoyable nonetheless. There are restrooms and water every few miles.
For any hike, it’s best to get to the park at or before opening if you can. Parking and traffic is pretty heinous otherwise, even in the off season because certain roads are closed. It took us 50 minutes to go 11 miles. Plus someone stole our dogs water bowl that we tucked under the car which is super weird...

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