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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%
  • Terrible1%
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Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We are mid 50's, and feel that we are in really good condition (we both run or hike multiple miles daily). This is a REALLY challenging hike, due to the continued upward climb and the hundreds (thousands?) of steps, but oh so worth it!! The...More

Thank stork90
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Mist Trail is really a three part trail. I did the first part, but can comment on the second and third based on conversations with park employees and the rescue volunteer who was greeting hikers at the bottom/beginning of the hike. I 100% consider...More

Thank Ty L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This trail is a bit off the path of the half dome hike and worth doing because it mixes up the scenery of the half dome hike.

Thank kevin s
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was tough for someone who doesn't like heights but so worth it. The rainbow through the waterfall was amazing. So busy though.

Thank Mikeromanlucalisa
Reviewed 5 days ago

The trail is actually very wet and misty at spots, great for a hot summer day, waterfalls were impressive

Thank georgemd09
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is not an easy hike. We are moderately active and found it to be challenging. But you forget how hard it is when you reach the reward of the views. Spectacular is the only word to describe them. Notes: Recommend the John Muir trail...More

Thank Gastronormous
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best hike ! We visited Yosemite on the Memorial Day weekend. A bit crowded but it we enjoyed anyway 😉 We started off for the Mist trail early in the morning at around 7.30 and reached the Vernal falls in about 3 hours. Beautiful scenery...More

Thank Shobha N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hiked to the top of Vernal Falls on the Mist Trail. This summer the water is running very strong so there is decidedly more than a mist coming off the falls! The last hike to the top of the falls is strenuous and the...More

Thank Bigtenmom2000
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is copied from my Yosemite Travel report, so is quite long. Mist Trail to Nevada Falls: We did not win the yearly lottery for permits to Half Dome, and decided not to bother with the daily lottery. Instead, we just enjoyed hiking the fabulous...More

1  Thank ScarletAndGrey
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a moderately difficult trail so don't undertake it if you are not in good physical condition. If you are able the reward is an amazing adventure. It is both stimulating and beautiful at every turn. We hiked every day and this was everyone's...More

Thank Kevin P
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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