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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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Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
+1 209-372-0200
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Reviewed 5 days ago

When the fall is in full effect! I'm talking spring, not in the AM. You may bust your butt climbing those stairs! Ha. It's very slick, cold... but beautiful at the top. Don't miss this hike!

Thank Melissa H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was great though I wish that the path wasn't paved (you're basically just strolling along a sidewalk) and that there were less tourists around. Be careful on the wet, slippery stairs along the Mist Trail!

Thank Lizy M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've had no prior knowledge about this fall and I am so glad I did not come back home without seeing this amazing fall. It is not a easy hike up to the fall and some parts are very steep. As almost all reviewers had...More

Thank Don K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very beautiful waterfall but also very risky. Over 600 stairs to reach the top and those stairs are very very wet. Scary if you're afraid of heights or not steady on your feet.

3  Thank kas12589
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found Vernal and Nevada falls more beautiful than Yosemite falls. Not only powerful but their surroundings can be misty, green to rocky. The beginning of the trail is very steep but paved. Then you walk along the river and misty stone steps to get...More

1  Thank Aya T
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for the trial. Its bit steep trail. Truly worth if we reach the top and see the beauty of the falls and the feel of mist on our body awesome. If much interest there is Nevada falls nearby. We returned back with vernal...More

Thank laxmikant c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a deservedly famous hike and and is worth the effort. The relatively gentle first part turns into some steep steps that, following a heavy snow season, are wet and slippery. I went the last day of June and there was so much mist...More

1  Thank Dale W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yosemite National Park is an amazing and awe-inspiring place to visit. I strongly suggest visiting during the "off-season" or when schools are in session! The scenery and hiking opportunities are incredible, but fighting the crowds was a bit frustrating.

Thank edieungar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would recommend that you have a pair of good hiking shoes which are waterproof. The walk up is a bit steep and at some point, could be wet (near the fall). Have a poncho or water proof jacket as the wind may bring some...More

Thank S L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This year, the waterfalls are still absolutely spectacular at the beginning of July in Yosemite, so the trail is wet, but very exciting. If you choose to continue to Nevada Fall and don't want to come back on the same trail, pick John Muir trail...More

Thank Gabriela673
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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
Armando G
5 October 2015|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
No. You need to be further from civilization in Yosemite Valley. Check the NPS website about backpacking.