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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.
Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We parked at the closest trail spot near the Happy Isles where the hike to Vernal begins. Bring lots of water and snacks, especially if you aim to hike past the bridge and to the falls, or further. Taking the Mist Trail, I must advise...More

Thank Jeffreeshen
Reviewed 1 week ago

Vernal Fall is a 320-foot waterfall on the Merced River and is downstream of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park. The waterfall flows all year; however the flow is greatly reduced in summer. If I compare height with Yosemite Falls, it is tiny(320ft vs 2425...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The length of this walk can be a little dishonest. The shorter distance is to the bridge from which you can see the falls, but not hear or feel them. Most will want to walk a further kilometre or so to the foot of the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yosemite is amazing, and all the hikes are great! This one was perfect for weekend hikers, not possessing climbing skills!

Thank Lindy031
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great short day hike for anyone to enjoy. It does have a lot of elevation gain so it may be challenging for some, but overall doable for all if you take it slow and drink lots of water. The steps to the...More

Thank Sonia M
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Vernal Fall is the payoff for hiking the Mist Trail in the Valley, which is one of the most popular hikes. Getting to Vernal means hiking a paved path up and down some pretty good sized hills. It's a beautiful walk with the mountains towering...More

Thank Frank D
Reviewed 5 August 2018

This was my favorite hike of our trip to Yosemite. The hike up to Vernal Falls is fairly strenuous but it's worth it when you get to the falls. It's absolutely stunning to be so close to such a beautiful waterfall. You will feel a...More

Thank SRW_TX
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

My son in law and myself did the Nevada Falls Loop which includes Vernal Falls during this hike. It is a 8.4 mile loop with a 3000 foot gain. Some would consider this very strenuous as did I yet very rewarding. You will come to...More

Thank royalpalmshade
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful trail and waterfall. It’s super crowded so go in the morning if you can but not that many people were going all the way to the top so it wasn’t terrible. The view is actually the best before all the carved out steps.

Thank Lanette N
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

The hike up to the falls isn’t easy (about 300 meters in altitude from the beginning of the trail to the top of the falls), but it is so worth it. If too tired, you can watch the falls from the bridge or continue to...More

Thank ogol17
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C.S. P
19 August 2017|
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Response from davidbL5878OO | Reviewed this property |
You can get a good view of the falls before the steep stairs section, but you need to go well past the bridge. The paved path leading to the bridge is a pretty steep incline, then you need to go another half a mile or so... More
Donna L
16 January 2017|
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Response from PacificNWFamily |
Vernal Fall is fed by the Merced River. It always has water, regardless of the snowpack or season. On average, the highest water level is usually May/June and the lowest water level is October. Yosemite Falls is fed by... More
Swetha J
2 September 2016|
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Response from Ben S | Reviewed this property |
With my 9 year old and 6 year old, it took us a little over 4 hours. We also had 20 min at the top to enjoy the pool of water. We probably walked a slightly faster than average pace based on the amount of people that we... More