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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 2 days ago

Absolutely incredible hike! You must do this if capable. It is fairly strenuous. The path is paved up to the lower bridge where you get your first distant view of the falls. From there on it gets more challenging but more rewarding. The walk up...More

Thank Tim-J-W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

WOW! Do not miss this waterfall! Incredible power and exhilarating hike that keeps you engaged and easily motivated as you continually see a more beautiful section of this flowing canyon as you ascend! We started in the morning and took a nice snack break at...More

Thank davidbL5878OO
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful waterfall. Be careful of slippery steps. Beautiful hike up to it of easy to moderate difficulty. Kinda looked like doing a lord of the rings style journey

Thank zebcarvalho
Reviewed 3 days ago

I took the Mist Trail, which puts you right at the bottom of the falls. You can get quite close to the base. It's beautiful with so much mist that everywhere you look a rainbow shines, but it is dangerous. Be very careful. The water...More

Thank Marck_Ernest
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband did this one this year; he and his buddy, both in their 50's and 60's and not in bad shape, felt it was testing their limits. But beautiful!

Thank Frankee11
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a short walk but the height gain makes it a bit more strenuous than the distance suggests. There are 600 or so steps to get up in order to get to the top of the falls. Most of these are wet from the...More

Thank Hepatacyte
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

All I can say is that the waterfalls including this one are just amazing to watch in awwwwe. Make sure you go in the spring because that is when they are the most spectacular to watch.

Thank kevin s
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This trail is long and steep. The views are great but I found the heights at the end to be too scary for me. Tons of people in it which does not make it easier. However just being able to be there was amazing

Thank claudiast
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It is definitely worth hiking further past the Vernal Fall Foot Bridge so that you can walk up beside the waterfall. Unfortunately I did not fully complete the hike as the steps were...More

Thank Tahlea P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wow - what a view. This hike takes about 3 hours but it is well worth the effort. It is all up hill. The first half is easy to a bridge. The path is paved and is suitable for strollers and possibly wheel chairs. The...More

Thank Helena L
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C.S. P
19 August 2017|
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