Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Yosemite National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is an awesome hike, but be ready for a real butt kicker - it is steep, hard, and longer than you’d expect. The hike starts with over a mile of rocky switchbacks that brings you eventually to a clearing where you can see half dome and the entire valley, before the trail drops back down towards Yosemite falls. Try to at least get to this point for the vista if your stamina is starting to waver (we saw many people turnaround before reaching this point)! But do keep in mind that the trail is far from over when you get to this clearing, you’re about 1/3 of the way there. After this point, you’ll start descending down towards the falls for 3/4 a mile which will be the only downhill “break” before more steep uphill switchbacks. You’ll get up close and personal with the stunning Yosemite falls (be ready to get a little wet from the mist) as you start uphill again, first through trees then opened up to views of the valley with half dome and clouds rest in the backdrop, before wrapping up behind the backside of Yosemite falls. It will only be uphill and steep until the end.

Bring plenty of water, snacks and mental patience. It’s a heavily trafficked trail (start at the Yosemite Falls trailhead, which is half a mile down the road from Lower Yosemite Falls trail) and tough (you will get very hot), but worth it in the end. You will feel accomplished and the view from the top is magnificent. To beat the traffic and potential heat, start the hike before 830/9. We started at 10am, along with most of the hiking population.

Most reviews say the trail out and back will take 6-8 hours. We are fairly fit (work out 2-3x a week), in our late 20s, and powered up to the top in 2 hrs 45 minutes taking a few short breaks for photos. The trek back down took about 1.5 hrs but is hard on the knees. We totaled 4.5 hrs including lunch at the top, but that easily could have been a 6hr round trip.

Absolutely beautiful hike along the falls.

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14 hours ago

Totally worth the climb! You get a good view of Half Dome and the Yosemite Valley here.

Nice views

Did this on Wednesday last week, Awesome hike!

18 hours ago

Definitely one of the best hikes I have ever done. What a amazing day! It took my husband and I about 8 hours total for moving time and we spent about 20 minutes up top to relax and take the views... Definitely need good gloves for the cables ... I climbed down the cables face first and had no problem... a lot of people were going backwards much slower and looked freaked out. We went up the mist trail to vernal and Nevada falls and down the John Muir trail... I believe it was 17 miles total and a good on the legs coming down and awesome to see the falls from a different view and also avoid the insane crowds

I will remember this day forever! We did it this past Thursday

1 day ago

Pretty easily accessible I took my mom who is sixty and she isn’t a novice hiker but she was able to do the whole trail at her own pace. Definitely worth the hike considering it doesn’t take too long to see exceptional views!

Great hike it about 3.6 to the over look straight up. We were lucky enough to leave early before the rain and the traffic coming up!!!

Somewhere in the upper-moderate challenging level. This is a beautiful hike, but I'm not going to be leading this hike and calling it "moderate" due to the 2,200 foot elevation gain and constant climbing. There is a strenuous .3 mile start up to the falls but after that the hike levels out. I definitely recommend someone being in shape in order to pull this one off. I am leading a group on this hike and in order to keep it at the "moderate" level, we will probably not go to the top.

Easy Hike for Experienced Men

I will come back to write a full on review! It was superb. This is the one trail to do

Amazing trail with amazing views, the John Muir is longer and it doesn’t have as many switch backs and is not as steep as going up via Mist trail. I’d have to say if you go up to Nevada falls take John Muir down lots of great views and not as hard on the knees/legs.

I will come back to write a full on review! It was superb. This is the one trail to do

In late spring, you will definitely get wet from the vernal fall spray on the mist trail. We didn’t feel much mist on the next ascent to Nevada falls. I would agree with the moderate rating but we struggled a bit on the approach to Nevada falls- a series of steep switchbacks. Once we got to the top, it was worth it. We opted to take the John Muir trail down which was slightly longer but we didn’t have to descend the wet stairs on the mist trail. All in all, really neat.

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This hike was just under 10 miles for us going from Camp 4 to the edge of El Cap (one way). The mileage at the top screwed us over a little bit, but it is crazy beautiful. Do it, if you have the chance. Safe Travels!

Great view of the falls, half dome and El Capitan. Actually it’s probably the best view of bridalveil falls in the park. Which was about a mile or so into the hike. After that it’s nothing but rock hopping and tree hopping. I don’t recommend going any further. I came across a couple snakes and one rattler! Very easy to lose your way.

Stunning views all the way to the top! Save your knees and take in different views and perspectives by taking the John Muir trail down! Truly breathtaking! Note: we saw lots of bear poop on the way down but zero bears:/

Hiked up and continued to Sentinel Dome. Was not as difficult as I expected. A steady pace was possible completely aerobically. Every corner offered a new view. Changing sunlight kept it interesting.

Yesterday my wife and I finally started this trail at 6 am. After watching YouTube for 10 months and a few months of hiking in around Brisbane Australia to prepare, we soon found out how under prepared training wise we were . We took advice from others on the day to take it steady and at our pace. The peace and quiet and scenery was amazing with a fog covering the valley floor on a chilly clear morning. . The only disappointment was we didn’t make the top. Even with this disappointment we knew the hike down would be as tough as going up. If you do decide to climb this beautiful place don’t underestimate how hard this hike is.

Beautiful views. The trail work is amazing! Hats off to the trail crews.

Amazing views, definite must do. Parking lot is a decent size to accommodate the crowds. Kids and hungry hikers loved the snack bar up there, must do!!

Easy hike through the woods to the meadow. Pretty muddy in some areas. No flowers were in bloom when we went on 5/20/18.

Nice easy hike, pretty views from the point.

Must do hike. Had my 70 yr old parents with us and they got to the top. It’s a climb but totally worth it. The 360 views are amazing!

Outstanding hike, be prepared to climb and get wet. The steps to Vernal falls on the Mist trail will leave you drenched from the water fall mist. The views are fantastic.

Be prepared to climb and climb some more, but you will be rewarded with an awesome view. Make sure you go to the observation point to look straight down the falls. Make sure to wear hiking shoes, you will be sliding back down to the valley if you don’t. There are allot of steps and loose rocks and sand to slip on as you descend. Bring water on sunny days or a filter to get water at the streams along the climb. Rain will only make it more slick so be prepared.
Amazing and difficult hike, highly recommend! Will get your heart pumping for sure!

Really enjoyed the flora and the incredible vistas and the waterfalls that are abundant all the way up!

one of the most challenging hikes I have ever done. It is long and strenuous, felt like it doesn't end. We went on a cool day but still ran out of water, make sure to grab at least 3L for each person going.
there were patches of snow along the trail
the way back hurts the legs, note to self was to grab pain-killers to survive the way back

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