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8 days ago

Good hike, great views from the base of the Falls. The steps are a pain because of the need to focus on each step. It takes away from your ability take in the view on the way up. However, once at the Falls you can take your time and soak it all in.

Like other I recommend the Muir Trail down. You continue to go up in elevation to meet the trail, but the amount of human trafficking (just traffic) on the stairs going down appears like rush hour on the highway. The JMT allows you to feel as though you are still in the wild.

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8 days ago

This an absolutely gorgeous waterfall if you come in early spring when it is flowing at it's peak. If you wait until late summer, it will still be flowing, but it is not as impressive. There are always a lot of people on this trail. Many of them stop at the bridge, but do yourself a favor and climb th steps next to the falls. They are uneven and wet, so make sure you have proper shoes on. However, once you reach the top, you get a beautiful view of the falls and can also see Nevada Falls. This trail is paved for a good portion of it, but it is definitely steep and once you do the 300 steps next to the falls, no question you will be feeling it. But if you want to see the falls up close, you can't beat this trail.

my wife and I just got done going up and down. went up at 1145a got there at 245p. stayed up there and enjoyed the views for an hour. headed down, that took about 2 hours on the dot. mosquitoes were waiting for us, but walk fast to the base camp restaurant to refuel. we dont hike hardly at all but first time in Yosemite we wanted a challenge and the thrill of accomplishing this. went through half a gallon of water, sunscreen was a good idea as well. bring snacks for the top!

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9 days ago

The view of the falls at the top is worth it! I had been on this trail before but never to the top because of the kids, usually stopped at the bridge. The trail is very busy. There are a lot of uneven stone steps at the top. There are bathrooms and water fountains near the bridge, but no trash cans so pack it in and pack it out (including your banana & orange peels please).

Bring your hiking poles and hiking shoes!! I brought mine even though I read here that you shouldn’t and I’m glad I did. so many people commented they wish they had poles. This trail is not as bad as upper Yosemite falls. Made it up in 2hrs 20 minutes but it took me longer to Get down probably because I yielded to so many coming up later in the day. Beautiful views for sure. 8am start was perfect.

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18 days ago

I did just the down portion of this hike. I was driven up to glacier point and enjoyed the wonderful view of half dome, north dome, Yosemite falls, and the valley floor. The trail was a strenuous walk down. It’s rocky and can be a bit slippery in spots with sandy rock on top of the “paved portion.” There were great views of El Capitan and the cathedral rocks, as well as Yosemite falls on the decent.

Great hiking, marked trails, wear long pants lots of prison oak & thicker brush between meadow & peak. Lots of flies buzzing. Small pond at end of trail perfect for washing or soaking feet.

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23 days ago

I did this on 22nd September. Started late around 11:30 AM. Took 4 hours for ascent and 3 hours for decent. Terrain is treacherous, hiking poles don't help well due to uneven grounds. Switchbacks sometimes seem never ending. Yosemite waterfall was dry, so the wall looked plain and dull. The valley view was spectacular but never changing. You will reach a point where you will see half dome and that's more than half way done. Bring plenty of water for one way like 2 liters as at the top you can refill it. Get good shoes with traction as the terrain is slippery due to gravel and sand. Very challenging hike with rewarding views throughout. If you are starting late, please get bug spray as after 5-6 PM, the biting flies won't leave you, I promise. Nevertheless, I will definitely be coming back next April to do the same when the water peak off is high. Can't wait.

22nd September was free national park day and the crowd at glacier point was crazy.

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27 days ago

I would like to come back and do this again, but on a cloudy day. Maybe in October or November. Because of the fires, the air was pretty smoggy and everything looked dry. The falls are all dried out at this time.

I started at 05:45 AM. Two other gentlemen started at the same time. Someone else started at 07:00 AM and he caught up and passed me on the way to the top haha.

Lots of beautiful views and it is fun to see the sun touch everything and then come down to completely different lighting. No surprise, lots of switchbacks, but it is a fun, challenging, enjoyable hike. It took me 3.5 hours to make it to the top and two hours to get back down.

Glacier Point is a madhouse.

I had an amazing experience getting to run into a momma bear and cub on the way back down. She was on trail as I was cantering down, we both scared the life out of each other as I turned the switchback and she was less than 15 feet away. I kept my eyes on them and they watched me as I passed. Pictures are lame, because I wasn't about to be one of those people who gets too close and then dies. I just held my camera in the air and clicked while I backed up. Just wonderful! I hope I never forget that moment.

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30 days ago

This trail is a great trail where you can see all the sites in one long day. It ended up being 18 miles, not 15. We stayed on the same trail as recommended. It was worth it but the description said 15 miles. This hike includes the Vernal Falls, Nevada falls, great panorama views of half dome, and Yosemite valley. At mile 11-12, you hit Glacier Point which is a tourist stop. Great views and a convenience store to stop and get something to eat or drink. The rest of the trip down faces El Capitan and different views then the beginning of the trip. 4 miles straight down and then another two miles to get you back to Half Dome Village, if that’s where you parked.

Beautiful. We went up the Mist trail, and then took the Muir trail back. Glad we did. Longer and more climbing, but worth it.

on Vernal Falls

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1 month ago

While the Falls were beautiful, the Mist trail to the Vernal Falls was packed. At some points we were shoulder-to-shoulder. I think if you got there very early in the morning you'd be fine but we arrived at 10 and had to fight the crowds.

Short and no amazing views, okay lake. Trail just ends

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1 month ago

Beginning of September the waterfall was still flowing, but not roaring like it can in the Spring. The hike is very popular - so prepare for lots of people. Many stop at the bridge and turn back but I highly recommend climbing the stairs to the base of the falls.
The little squirrels are so use to people and have learned to crawl into your packs for food! The stairs to the top of the falls are considered strenuous but WORTH IT! The view is breathtaking and there is lots more to explore at the top!
**The bathrooms were working and there ARE water fountains by the bridge when I hiked. I refilled our water bottles on the way back down.

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1 month ago

Strenuous- best done from the Valley to Glacier Point. Get up early in the morning - switchbacks are difficult, but we are happy we did not do the first half of the climb in the sun! We started at 9am. Bring plenty of water and food. We saw many people not prepared with the right amount of water or shoes.
It took us 3 hours with 2-3 breaks in between to get to the top. About 2-2.5 hours to get down.
Spectacular views at Glacier point and well-worth the hike!

AMAZING views the entire way up and down. It is strenuous for sure but so worth it. Switchbacks almost all the way up.

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1 month ago

got on the trail around 830am and there were only a few other groups on the way up, plus a couple on their way down, so it was nice and quiet, and well shaded. there aren't any particularly steep sections, just lots of switchbacks which was surprisingly enjoyable. the view from the top is awesome but lots of people, and on the way back down it was fairly busy. couldn't get a good look at yosemite falls but vernal and nevada falls can be seen from the top.

1 month ago

This trail is amazing. It offers the best views of The Valley for a day hike. If you want to get the best out of The Valley in a day, start by 9am at The Valley floor and BE PREPARED. Have at least 3 liters of water or more per person and plenty of salty snacks. Make sure to also have lots of sunscreen and copious amounts of bug spray. For a not-so experienced hiker or outdoorsman, I was able to pace myself to be able to make it all the way to Glacier point and back to The Valley floor. Be aware, it’s tough. But undeniably the greatest scenery is from the top at Glacier point, which has restrooms and a mini mart for water and supplies along with souvenirs.

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1 month ago

This is my second time doing Vernal Falls. The first time I went in mid-June and the falls were roaring with lots of water, mist, and rainbows. Absolutely spectacular. This last Labor Day weekend they were much drier but still flowing and beautiful. I had a chance to appreciate the rocks underneath the falls and it was nice to compare with my first visit. This is an easy hike with gentle slopes and lots of steps near the top of the falls. There’s a big pool up top that you can wade in if the water is just trickling and it hasn’t rained recently. Make sure it’s a super dry day so you don’t get washed out unexpectedly! I absolutely love this hike.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

The view from the top is spectacular, that’s absolutely true. However, this trail is completely unforgiving and 3 solid hours of pain on the way up, and about 2 hours of agony on the way down. I love to hike, consider myself in pretty good shape, but the whole way up you’re going back and forth on steep, punishing switchbacks that never really reward you with a new view; there was a section in the middle of the climb where I lost track of time because the view literally didn’t seem to change for ages, we didn’t seem to be getting any higher, and every time I thought we were almost at the top, another switchback identical to the last, presented itself. We started the hike at 8am and weren’t down till 2:30pm. At 8am, the sun doesn’t hit you at all on the way up which is a real blessing, and we took plenty of water (5 litres for the two of us) and sunscreen for the way down. Later in the day, the flies at the bottom of the trail are really bad, so I suggest to leave early for that alone if not for the sun. At the top there’s a cabin that has a shop and restrooms but that wasn’t opened when we came on a Monday. Yosemite had also closed the access road due to work on the power lines after the fires I think, so usually a bus runs that you can go up to the top in. I’d probably suggest that for other visitors, as this was not a fun hike, and from what I hear, the waterfall ones seem to be more interesting.

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1 month ago

As everyone mentions, the views here are amazing! Standing at the trailhead looking up, it can be very intimidating. I am an occasional hiker is moderate shape and my sister joined me having no hiking experience. Treking poles were a great addition for us that helped tremendously. I was not sure if we would make it to the top since my sister was had not done much hiking. We started at 7:00am and made it to the to by noon. We stopped every now and then to rest the legs and take photos. You start out with great views of the valley entrance and El Cap. Then you slowly work your way around and you begin to see the whole valley. When you finally get to see Half Dome in the distance you know you are over halfway up and it the view alone gives you motivation to keep going. We packed a lunch and ate at the top and then grabbed an ice cream from the shop. They also appeared to have a few different shirts/items in this gift shop that they did not have on the valley floor. The views up top were very rewarding. The hike down was the part that made the legs hurt with being sore from the up hike and now plowing down all our body weight on each step. We met tons of people while we were on the way down and they all asked how close they were. Only one group could we tell them that they were close. DO NOT expect to go up and back in a few hours. You need to be prepared with water/food/proper footwear for this hike. There is no way most of the people we met could have made it up and down before dark. Always pack a flashlight for this reason. There is no bus from the top back down to the bottom. Be prepared and this hike will be one of the best you ever do! For us the hike up was 7am-12noon & the hike down was 1:30pm-4pm.

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1 month ago

Great challenging trail. I would definitely rate this hard due to the constant uphill switchbacks. I just took my time and made it to the top and back down to the shuttle stop in 6 1/2 hours. Total miles 12. I’m 61 so I’m sure younger folks could do it faster. Beautiful views along the trail. Saw deer!

Amazing views of Sentinel, ElCapitan and the valley - must go to Glacier Point for spectacular views of Half Dome and Vernal/Nevada Falls ... and to get water for the way back down. It goes up and up and up - 58 switchbacks (who’s counting?). Definitely get early AM start as most of the up is in the shade. Less experienced climbers should consider taking a bus down from Glacier Point. Bring lots of water and food for the trip - saw lots of folks with cameras and purses and not much else.

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1 month ago

incredible trail with an incredible view, and even more expectacular on the top!

Great trail! Definitely pretty tough with the switchbacks but if you go in the morning you will have shade all the way up. And there are water fountains and a gift shop at the top (glacier point). Absolutely worth every step.

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1 month ago

Amazing trail! easy to get to, with some hills and hard steps, but definitely worth it.

2 months ago

HARD TRAIL!! Nothing but switch backs the entire way but the views make it all worth it! You gain about 3,000 feet in elevation. But the higher you get the more the Yosemite Valley starts to reveal itself. It is such a beautiful hike, but be careful, some areas are slippery ( asphalt and sand/dirt combo).

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2 months ago

Steep but well worth the amazing views all the way up! We arrived around 830 on a weekday in May and were still able to get parking at the trailhead.

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