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Vernal Fall

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Address: Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Though not as tall as Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall is popular for the green...

Though not as tall as Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall is popular for the green foliage that surrounds it year-round and the rainbow mist it produces as the water cascades.

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This is a popular trail so be prepared for crowds. To the bridge view it is less than a mile but straight up on asphalt. There are lots of places to stop with great views of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a popular trail so be prepared for crowds. To the bridge view it is less than a mile but straight up on asphalt. There are lots of places to stop with great views of Upper Yosemite falls, Glacier Point, Illilouette falls & of course the mighty Merced. You can continue up to the top either on the Mist... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is only an .8 mile hike in distance, but when you are going uphill, it is a long hike. It is a very impressive fall, but there is one across the distance that you can see from this trail that is even prettier.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely moderate hike to the footbridge. Paved and not too tough. About a mile with some amazing views. Again, go as early as you can to have some time in the quiet. And again, go past the footbridge. The trail to the top of Vernal is a little tougher than the trail to the footbridge, but few... More 

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torrance, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went up mist trail to the top of the falls. Icy steps at the top be prepared to go slow and wear a jacket from the wetness. The top was amazing and we had time to relax and watch the squirrels.

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Bel Air, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Be prepared for significant elevation gains on this trail. Combined with the crowds it will be slow-going.

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San Carlos, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The route is not that difficult if you take your time to get to the top. The falls are beautiful and you can get right up to the water and see it go over the edge. The toughest part of the hike was at the beginning from Happy Isles to the bridge. Take the Mist Trail up and the John... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited during a rainstorm during peak spring runoff and the river was raging! The last portion of the mist trail was covered with water flowing down the steps. Made me a little nervous hiking with a ten and 13 year old, but they did great.

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Amite, Louisiana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Vernal Falls is reached by hiking the Mist Trail from the valley floor. The falls are not the highest in the park, but they are still impressive. This is a good, worthwhile hike of moderate difficulty.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Isnt it magical when you get to see 2 rainbows? Don't miss the Vernal Fall hike. You will be well rewarded with the stunning and picturesque view! Wear appropriate hiking gears and a waterproof jacket as you approach a higher altitude because of the mist. Be prepared to be soaked this time of the year. I would also suggest you... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mist Trail puts you at Vernal Falls so it's the same thing. We were there right when they opened the top of the mist trail so you could walk to the top of the falls. The walk to the bottom of the falls is paved although uphill all the way. But, definitely not a difficult hike.

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