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Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail

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Yosemite National Park

Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking.

Length5.4 miElevation gain2129 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingHikingForestLakePartially pavedRiverViewsWaterfallRockyNo shadeFeeNo dogs
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Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. Note: The Mist Trail from its junction with the John Muir Trail (just above Vernal Fall footbridge) to the top of Vernal Fall is closed Monday–Friday, 7 am to 4 pm, for trail work (the trail may occasionally be closed overnight). Use the John Muir Trail for access to Vernal and Nevada Falls (and beyond). For more information, please see https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

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Timothy Gelatka
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1000% worth it! Definetly a challenge.

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Everardo Mosqueda
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nicolaos Perdikaris
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Ana Hernández Rosas
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Steve Johnson
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Steve Johnson
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Brady Lusk
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Sai Harsha Maddela
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Jillian Tebbe
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful views! Really good climb - we did a loop as directed by NPS because of COVID and came down the John Muir trail. Was about 10 miles in total. No mist on the mist trail, plenty of shade throughout the hike. Crowded at bottom, but thins out a lot after passing the first waterfall.

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Max McQuillan
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HikingGreat!

Hiked in June (lots of mist, brought ponchos which were fun) and hiked in October (no mist).

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Frank Li
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Eva Xia
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Angela Hoang
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Jeffrey Lerman
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Rebecca Hare
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Crowed at the bottom, but quickly thins out. Worth every step to Nevada Falls!

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Varun Gupta
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Gorgeous but crowded

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L A
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Dawn Clayton
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Amazing hike!!! This was my 3rd time. It is very difficult but well worth it. It was 100° and we all drank well over a gallon of water but we pack filters for the streams.

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Joseph Diegel
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Created this hike for backpackers that start at Happy Isles and camp in Little Yosemite Valley that night. Lots of elevation gain but you get to pass the 2 beautiful waterfalls!

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ALEKS Zlatic
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John Remley
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Absolutely the most rewarding hike there is. The whole time you’re blood is rushing and you climb 9,447 ft of elevation. We did 28 miles in 12.4 hours.

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Michael Rey
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Must see. Great for all levels of fitness. The waterfalls are worth it the short trip.

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Rainier Raydan Viveros
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Es bastante extenuante pero no imposible. No tengo muy buena condición física y pude llegar hasta Nevada Falls en 3 horas, parando bastante a descansar y tomar fotos. Recomiendo MUCHO esta subida. Es increíble lo hermosa que es.

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Tom McGee
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Life changing!

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Stephanie Kawahara
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Amazing waterfalls. Once we got to Vernal falls we still had some energy and so we decided to go to Nevada Falls. Well worth it! Bring a snack for the top. The cooler temperature was great, in the summer I would assume the heat would make it very challenging.

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Gabe Bider
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Mist trail is open and hikeable. JMT at the top of Nevada is closed and very icy. Nice hike overall, brutal stairs

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