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Mist Trail

Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Eminently accessible and popular, the Mist Trail takes hikers through Yosemite National Park to Vernal Fall Bridge, the best place to watch the waterfall.
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  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is one of the most popular walks in the park i.e. it's very busy. You will definitely not be getting away from it all! Its pretty steep in places, and the hundreds of wet steps at the end are slippy and feel endless. It...More

Thank JKerr88
Reviewed 6 days ago

not easy but worthwhile trail up to vernal and Nevada falls. can keep going to half dome but we did not. took several hours. bring lunch to eat at top. fun to come down john muir trail. 2 falls and a couple of bridges to...More

Thank M T
Reviewed 1 week ago

The mist rail is the way up to the top of Vernal Falls. There is another way up to Nevada Falls but this is way to the top of Vernal Falls. As yo go up there is usually a mist from the falls that will...More

Thank John Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hike is wonderful, I found it to be a bit difficult, but well worth it. It is a beautiful area and recommend it for all that are in good health.

Thank Olivia089
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love Yosemite and wanted to do the mist trail since we last visited 3 years ago. It is a beautiful hike and I wish I could do it again and again. Loved the water spray from the waterfall. Come early as it can get...More

1  Thank Anja S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The is a beautiful hike that ends in a stunning waterfall. The steps are quite slippery, though! Bring a covering for your backpack to keep it dry.

Thank Familyof4nyc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Mist Trail was one of our most favorite vistas in Yosemite National Park. It was well worth the hike and the waterfalls along the was were simply beautiful.

Thank Stomper81
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything everyone else has said is all true: amazing hike, breathtaking views, etc. One thing I wish someone had told me is that even after you climb the staircase to get to the top of Vernal falls, there is still quite a bit of upward...More

1  Thank JenB B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

With our two boys(11 & 9) we parked at Trailhead just before 9 in the morning and headed up to Vernal Falls and Emerald Pool. The walk was a little taxing at the times but the sheer beauty of the surroundings made up for it....More

2  Thank Smithy941
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We heard that if you only do one hike in your life it should be Mist Trail so off we went and it was phenomenal. The trail is long so we just hiked to the top of Vernal Falls. The views are absolutely spectacular as...More

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28 May 2017|
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Response from Bigsurrunner | Reviewed this property |
Small children would be OK but take frequent breaks and keep them in front of you so you can keep an eye on them. There are steep drop offs so they need to stay in the middle of the trail. As far as using a carrier you had... More
25 May 2016|
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Response from i-am-evil-homer | Reviewed this property |
no , the mist trail is one of the simplest trails to hike , no tickets required , just pick up a map once you get there , you can also take the free bus to and from the base of the trail , all will be explained in the free... More
Corinne W
20 May 2016|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi I recommend asking questions like this on the Yosemite NP TripAdvisor forum page. The NPS suggests 5-6 hours for the hike. The Yosemite Hikes website suggests 5 hours. If you're descending the John Muir Trail, it's a... More