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Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail

MODERATE 597 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2437 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

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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We visited in May 2017 following one of Yosemite's wettest winters. What a stunning trail. Possibly one of my favorite hikes ever (or it could be the recency effect). Loved hiking through the mist (it is the Mist Trail afterall) to Vernal Falls. You leave a lot of the crowd as you approach Nevada Falls. I strongly recommend going down the John Muir trail - while it is longer it isn't as steep, so easier on the body.

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In previous visits, this really was the Mist Trail, but with this year's water levels it was a Drenching Rain Trail. Absolutely Awesome!

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One of the coolest trails I've done. A hike that will get your legs pumping and is utterly beautiful. Would recommend to anyone willing to get a little wet and a little tired for amazing views.

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Hiked this trail today, if you're into waterfalls and vistas, this is the hike for you!

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