Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail

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Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite National Park, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November.

6.7 miles 2437 feet Loop

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers




no dogs

Hike to two breath-taking waterfalls along Yosemite Valley's most popular hiking trails. If you only have time for one hike while in Yosemite look no further: the Mist Trail is the hike for you. It is no wonder why this trail is one of the most popular trails in Yosemite Valley. You will hike so close to 2 massive waterfalls that it will be very difficult to avoid the mist from the falls. The best time to hike this trail is in Spring or early Summer, while the snow runoff is high and the falls are full of water. The Mist Trail starts at Happy Isles trailhead (YARTS shuttle stop #16, and within walking distance of Curry Village and parking lot). After a brief stroll along the river, you climb a pretty steep initial accent until you reach the footbridge, which offers the first glimpse of Vernal Fall in the distance (and a water-fountain and restrooms). You will then continue up to Vernal Fall, past Emerald Pool, and alongside Nevada Fall until you reach the high-point for this hike. Then take the alternate route down along the John Muir Trail to see views of Nevada Fall and Liberty Cap in the distance before meeting back up with the Mist Trail near the footbridge. The route back is slightly longer, but offers a change of scenery and is easier on the knees. Before hopping back on the YARTS shuttle, treat yourself to some ice cream or a refreshing drink at the small stand, or head over to Curry Village for a larger variety of choices.

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Easily the second best hike I have ever been on! Number one was in Kauai ;)
So incredible though. 100% worth it and a must if you are in the area!

6 days ago

Beautiful day in Yosemite. Mist Trail gate closed. The John Muir Trail is open.

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17 days ago

Great hike with paved trail for most of it. You will need to have some sort of spikes to make it to Venal Falls. Great Hike with amazing views of the falls/rapids and wildlife

18 days ago

Need yack trax in march to make it to vernal. Falling ice and ice on trails. Nevada falls would have needed crampons or snow shoes in march to have any chance of making it.

22 days ago

One of the best in USA.

25 days ago

One of my favorite day hikes. I take the Mist trail up and John Muir down. Be prepared slick floors during the wet seasons.

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1 month ago

Unbelievable views. Get there early, because on our way back down, it was like a tourist trap. We started at 7am and had no problems until we were on our way down and everyone was trying to come up. It was tough getting all the way up to Nevada, but with enough time, water, and snacks, it's doable for even beginner hikers, just have to be prepared for a 6-8 hour hike. The top was amazing, trail very well marked, views unlike any other place I've ever been. Falls are impressive!!!!