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Mist Trail

Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Waterfalls & Rainbows & Butterflies Oh my!

Mist Trail is one of the access points to other major trails. When we were there back in May, we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
United States
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The Mist Trail is the main starting point for all of the major hikes in Yosemite. The parking area... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fresno, California
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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.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mist Trail is one of the access points to other major trails. When we were there back in May, we did a Mist/ John Muir trail combo hike. (Nice loop.) Considering we went in Spring, be prepared to be rained on by both waterfalls! Also...More

Thank kstellla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mist Trail is the main starting point for all of the major hikes in Yosemite. The parking area is right past Curry Village/Half-Dome Village and starts about 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot right past a bridge. The Mist Trial will take...More

Thank G-Whz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Writing this for my husband who did this hike, while I enjoyed wandering around the valley. I dropped him off at Happy Isles around 6:30am, yes he's an early bird! It was dark so he had his headlamp and used it for a bit till...More

Thank ourlittlehouse
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Five months since we hiked the Mist trail and it was still fresh in my mind like it was only yesterday. The spectacular vistas, ear-popping waterfalls, and views in between was worth the pain and exhaustion. I've hiked mountains before but the Mist trail was...More

Thank TravelwithYoungOFW
Reviewed 26 October 2017

This is a great hike to a number of different falls, although I turned around once reaching the top of Vernal falls. I found it to be a fun and worthwhile hike over a variety of terrain. Much of the path was smooth and groomed,...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Took the Mist trail to Vernal and Nevada falls. Great hike with significant elevation gain. This is not a trail for the causal walker unless you are up for a challenge. There are steps that lead to Vernal falls, and I mean, a lot of...More

Thank drjcraven
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

We started our hike early in the morning and we did not see a lot of people. The hike is intensive at some parts but definitely worth it. We passed two water falls and had stunning views. We even saw two bobcats from up close,...More

Thank Anouk v
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Everyone recommended the Mist Trail to us, and after looking at photos I have no doubt that it is a beautiful trail. However, it can get extremely crowded when compared to other hikes like the Four Mile Trail. In addition, many parts of it feel...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 19 October 2017

What a stunning hike, with amazing views! We started up the Mist Trail, headed to Clark's Point, and then to Nevada Fall from Clark's Point. The trail from Clark's Point to Nevada Fall was very manageable, and from what others said much less steep than...More

Thank AurorasEnvy
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

The Mist Trail is not to be missed! Whilst we would highly recommend this trail please be mindful that it is a moderate/ high intensity trail depending on fitness levels and is steep from the outset and throughout. Allow 3-4 hours for the round trip...More

Thank Jessgreen17
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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