Vernal Falls

MODERATE 1440 reviews
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Vernal Falls is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from May until November.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,279 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

There is some seasonality on this trail which may lead some temporary route closures. For more information, please check here: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/vernalnevadatrail.htm

hiking
4 days ago

Definitely a hard trail, but worth the views at the end! Very steep uphill hike, but it’s a beautiful view.

hiking
closed
17 days ago

The rest of the trail up to Vernal Falls was closed due to risk of falling rocks so we turned back. Oh well!

hiking
29 days ago

Last 0.3 miles was gated out. Went through anyhow and was beautiful. It is a bit slippery because of the rain, but well worth it if you know you're safe

hiking
2 months ago

Well worth the ass kicking it takes to get there. Take a climbing harness and gloves if you want to go to the top of Half Dome. There are cables for you to attach your harness to while climbing. I chose not to do it without a harness. Also check into permits. Apparently they’re required to summit Half Dome in certain times of the year.

hiking
2 months ago

Quite a steep incline. However the views from the bridge & the mist coming off the falls is amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular trail. Intense as it’s a steep incline 90% of the time. Views at the top are so worth it. If you bring your swimsuit you can go in the water at the top. We went last week of August and it was insanely packed, that would be the only complaint. Way too many people and having to wait to keep hiking. Otherwise, great trail. Can be very slippery near the falls so be prepared.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice. I like

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely on the tougher side of moderate. Rewarding views if I could only get people coming downhill 3 wide to remember folks are coming uphill too! Good steep trail though

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is paved and really steep. I couldn’t make it all the way to the top because I started having heart palpitations (have a heart condition). Such a regret but will come back and aim on completing the whole thing soon (weather permitting). There were so many people on this trail but everyone who went up said it was worth the views.

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of people mid week in October! Be prepared for steep inclines and steps. Beautiful views along the whole trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Spectacular views and impressive waterfall. I’d say moderate plus or strenuous through steps. Continued up to Muir Trail and took that down (not about the steps on downslope).

recorded Vernal Falls

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Steep but paved to bridge 0.8 miles. Another.7 miles very steep with uneven, rock steps some very high step ups. Beautiful views of falls during climb and at top.

hiking
3 months ago

Difficult climb but rewarded with awesome views. October hike sonwarwe flow was down, but well worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail seemed more on the hard side, than moderate. I am still a new hiker, but have been on trails that were about the same that were labeled “strenuous.” Lots of steep/ uphill steps. Views were worth it!! Great pics.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Too many people!

hiking
closed
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This was a difficult trail. I could not finish it all because of the 600 steps and the crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

stunning views and strenuous hike. did it with 4 kids 7-15. totally worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trails, quite a strenuous hike but worth it with amazing views. Beginning almost till vernor fall with paved, which we’re not fans of therefore four not five stars.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

A great moderate trail. Has well laid road/concrete to walk on. Has rocky steps towards the end but it's worth it to see great view of falls

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike but the steepness really got my legs tired and weak. Had to stop a few times on the hike. Waterfall walkway is slippery and no rails to hold onto.

hiking
4 months ago

Heavily packed trail with beautiful views and many steps going up to Vernal Falls. Started the hike around 9am and was never without a group of people in front or behind me. As I was descending I noticed much more people ascending later in the afternoon so be sure to arrive early! Vernal Falls was absolutely gorgeous and we came at a good time to see the rainbow too! Make sure to wear shoes with good traction if you plan to continue up to Nevada Falls, as the stone steps can become quite slippery.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike! Lots of people on the trail. The stairs are pretty brutal.

hiking
4 months ago

Wow what a hike! Pretty great views made the constant incline bearable! The falls were gorgeous! Worth the hike for sure!

recorded Vernal Falls

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

fun hike. be sure to take some water

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