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Address: Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Eminently accessible and popular, the Mist Trail takes hikers through...

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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Yosemite Day Hike from Glacier Point Including Panorama Trail
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this is a strenuous trip you have to climb about 600 steps some parts with no hand rail to get to the top of vernal falls but it isnt much farther after that to the bottom of... read more

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Oregon City, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this is a strenuous trip you have to climb about 600 steps some parts with no hand rail to get to the top of vernal falls but it isnt much farther after that to the bottom of nevada falls and you can back track back to a short cut to muir trail and you don't have to climb DOWN the... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm scared of heights and wasn't sure how I'd cope on this hike. Plus I was worried that it would be too strenuous. It's quite a slog in baking heat just to walk to the beginning of the hike but once you start the ascent the beauty distracts you from the hard work. The water cools the air also. I... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Mist Trail is one of Yosemite's most famous hikes, and if you're lucky enough to go in May when the melt water is highest, you'll be in for spectacular views most of the way up the trail. We hiked to the top of Vernal Falls and you will get very wet towards the top of it as the spray... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

1st 1/2 up to the bridge crossing the river is the easy part- 2nd 1/2 of the trip up is more challenging. You will get little wet from the mist of the falls as you approach the top. Great hike to do. Was about 6 miles RT coming back down a different route.

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Veldhoven, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed this hike. Many beautiful views and alternating paths. The stairs to Vernal falls are indeed very special. Fortunately I took my poncho raincoat which I needed. Also the trail from Vernal to Nevada falls is magnificent. I descended via the John Muir trail which is an easier trial than the Mist trail but still I needed my... More 

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Anaheim, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This hike is not for the faint hearted. It's a very intense 4 mile hike uphill followed by a steep 2 mile decline. The water is very high right now, going up the stairs to the top of the waterfall gets you completely soaked from all the "mist." Most people wear ponchos on their way up. It's a once in... More 

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Fallbrook, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great trail of 600+ steps to the top. You will get wet and steps are slippery. This year (2017) because of record snow fall, we got drenched! Bring rain gear and quick dry clothes. Use shoes with good grip, hiking boots are best. It gets crowded during the day but quite nice early morning or early evening. You can choose... More 

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You have to walk a short distance from the visitor's center, but it is a nice walk and worthwhile experience. Get the camera ready and expect to get sprayed!

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went only half way up the Mist trail as sore knees would not allow us to go further than the bridge. We felt arriving at the bridge over the raging river was a great accomplishment. Allowing for a few concerns on holding up for the descent, we enjoyed spectacular views and the roar of the cascading spring water falls.... More 

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this trail enough I've done it multiple times. I most recently went on 5/20. I love all the rain we've gotten recently that made the Merced really full this year! Amazing falls!! I wanted to jump in here with a review to let you know: a) Bathrooms-- There are bathrooms at the happy isles trailhead/shuttle stop, (3 stalls, crowded)... More 

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