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Vernal Fall

Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
+1 209-372-0200
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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.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
+1 209-372-0200
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Start early to avoid crowds. Wear grippy hiking boots because trail is step, full of steps and sometimes wet.

Thank theresaw
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very congested, with just about everyone doing this trail. It's very steep, gets slippery on the rocks and be prepared to get wet from the spray from the waterfall. Sensible shoes eg walking boats not flip flops , sandals or trainers. Slow going when the...More

Thank grubs
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is stunning but the walk to the bridge can be tough You go up in elevation about 400 feet. If you want to go up higher to the falls it is steep and when you get closer there are very uneven steps to climb....More

Thank sduskett
Reviewed 1 week ago

if only you go hike up to the half dome that the sprinkling effect of this huge water fall will solace ur mind and body.. its such a good feeling.. This water fall is not 'the biggest' but is very beautiful and makes up a...More

Thank balusss
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth the hike. Moderate difficulty level. Stairs can be slippery so be careful. People love to take their children up it and seems to be rather dangerous, but to each their own. Take the option of the Jon Muir trail on the way back...More

Thank Oscar6624
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't take it for granted as people get hurt all the time on the steps. Bring lots of water and snacks and wear a good sturdy shoe.

Thank Spuddler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was probably our favorite hike - the payoff of the falls is incredible! Pack enough water, and don't forget to stop and enjoy the view along the hike, not just the waterfall.

Thank brasegan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Undertook this walk on a very busy weekend. We are a reasonably fit mature age couple but found the walk quite hard. One must remember Yosemite valley is about 4000 feet above sea level and as it was very warm we were a little unprepared...More

Thank Lesley2402
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the hike to see this great waterfall. There was a beautiful rainbow as well! Definite must see.

Thank Familyof4nyc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Vernal Falls was one of our favorite places. The mist enveloped us and made the hike even more breath taking. Two in our group hiked close to the base of the fall making a great picture and just showed us how powerful the fall actually...More

Thank Stomper81
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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