This hike is also known as the Mist Trail because it passes right beside Vernal Falls, which in the spring blows a heavy mist ... More
John Muir Vernal Falls Mist Trail Hike
This hike is also known as the Mist Trail because it passes right beside Vernal Falls, which in the spring blows a heavy mist everywhere. This 1.4 mile roundtrip hike is considered a moderate hike, with a steep 400-foot elevation gain in just over a mile. It is recommended that you wear shoes that grip as the path can be slippery. You can see the rushing water from the Vernal Falls Footbridge as well as the top of the falls in the distance. This is probably the busiest and most crowded hike in the Valley, small wonder given the loveliness of the trail. Plan on spending an hour or two on your walk. The trail may be closed in winter.
The Mist Trail hike is listed as moderate to strenous. Be ready with good hiking boots and plenty of water as well as some trail mix. This is the trail to Half Dome as well as to Vernal and Nevada Falls. Its a steep walk up just to get to the bridge. After that its stairs....and switchbacks to Nevada Falls. The peak season for the falls is in June, but even now, its still flowing.
Its amazing. I've done the hike several times and its been strenous but worthwhile each time I've done it.
I hike Vernal Falls yesterday morning. I'm an amatuer hiker so it was very difficult for me. I almost gave up at the footbridge but when I saw how beautiful it was, I challenged myself up to the top. My God was it worth it. We started hiking around 11:30 and we were finished by 1:30 or so. I advise that you were HIKING shoes that grip well, waterproof clothing (as you will get soaked if you choose to go all the way up), plenty of water & snacks to keep you hydrated and energized, a camera to capture this amazing place, and take as many breaks as you need to rest because the stairs on the second half of the hike is very difficult. You are going to need to be extremely cautious and alert so that you don't slip, as it could be extremely dangerous. Most importantly, enjoy this beautiful place...it has changed my life for ever!!!
Our July 07 visit was a first and we were excited about the trip. Hiking with my 10 and 12 year olds, we made our way up the first half-mile easily. the steep climb near the end was rather strenuous but my little guy flew up there! The pool above has no entry signs but the boys hopped in along with about 25 others. obviously you want to stay awqy from the edge. Guys were sliding down a rock into the pool on the back side. and being 103 out the water felt great. Water level was low,so I imagine that in the spring it would be a little more precarious
The best time to visit is Spring, however, August is the only time that I'm free this time around. I loved it last time! My brother has never been to Yosemite. It will be a great experience for him to see this wonderful wonder!
I hiked Vernal and Nevada falls the spring of 2007. It was my first trip to Yosemite so I was excited to see and do everything. I completly ignored my guide book and the difficulty level for hiking these two falls and I paid for it dearly!! The falls and surrounding forest was so beautiful, but my lack of preparedness took away from this wonderful hike. I know now what to expect and what to bring. 1.water proof jacket and clothes 2.proper hiking shoes (water proof as well) it is very wet during the spring months 3. walking pole 4. water and a snack, the entire hike is around 6-7hrs 5.camera. i plan on going back this fall and I am excited to do this hike again!
I wasn't prepare for the uphill walk. And I thought that this would be a 1.5 to 2 hour roundtrip deal but actually took about 5-6 hours round trip. We did a little 5 minute rest every 15 minutes or so. At first, I tried to run up the hike for 30 minutes and almost lost my conscience because I didn't have enough energy left and didn't eat any sweet snack. I think inorder to make the whole trip, you got to prepare water and trail mix snack. That help boost my energy back on. And I was able to make it to the top of Vernal Fall, which is a breathtaking view. It was worth the effort. And be sure to know that for a normal person, it would take about 5 hours uphill to get to Vernal Fall and at fast as 30 minutes to get back. It's the uphill that yolu need to prepare for.
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