Mist Trail
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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.
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  • Ann V
    89 contributions
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    I did it!
    Thank goodness I didn’t read any reviews first or I would not have gone. It took us five hours. So much climbing. Then more climbing. So proud of my old self. It was the summer after record setting snowfall so the rivers were so full we were really buffeted by the falls as we got near. Soaking wet. The entire experience made me glad to be alive and away from my three monitors remote working alone in a house. Though I didn’t think that till I was done. Lol. Yosemite was as awesome as I had hoped. Definitely try it. And go past the bridge and up the path as far as you can. Then go some more.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Paul Smith Palliser
    Peru358 contributions
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    Arrive early. Even in off season it's crowded.
    We arrived early and started the hike up from Happy Isles to top of Vernal Falls. Before we hit the bridge we then turned right heading to Clark Point via the John Muir trail which led us back down. We started the day seeing only a few people hiking but as soon as we got down it looked like the crowds at Disneyland were all trying to get in.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • DesertRose
    476 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but you will get drenched
    The hike to Vernal Falls is fairly short but there is a pretty intense section towards the top. If you're in moderate physical condition it shouldn't be a problem. You will get drenched so be sure to wear waterproof hiking boots or sandals with good traction. The view at the top is amazing and the spray makes a rainbow that makes the hike worth it all by itself. The one negative is the crowds as it is a very popular part of the park.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2024
  • elchaco
    Houston, Texas1,028 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Hike!
    The Mist Trial is one of the best and most rewarding hikes I've done. We only went up to Vernal Falls, but it continues on. It starts off on a nice, paved path with some elevation gain. Once you cross the first bridge, that's when the stairs and the amazing views begin. I consider myself kind of fit, and it wasn't too hard. If you don't exercise regularly it will be hard because of the stairs, but not impossible. The view of Vernal Falls is absolutely amazing!!!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 June 2024
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JPatti1
Chicago, IL215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Worth every minute of the climb! The first mile or so is bland upward climbing but soon enough the falls come into view and everything becomes so immersive that you forget about the continual stairs (and there are indeed large parts of actual stairs here). Even during this summer of extremely low water levels and an essentially completely dry Yosemite Falls by late July, both Vernal and Nevada Falls were incredibly beautiful.

Having been here during the rating waters of 2017, I can say that both flow levels have their appeal. The raging waters inspire with their power and rage whereas this year's more serene falls allow for a better appreciation of the beauty of the falls and their environment.

Really should be #1 hike in the park if you are up for the hike! Even the largely different trail back down to the valley has some great views of the falls, though it is the upwards climb that rewards you the most with its up-close and personal connection to the falls.
Written 28 July 2020
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RM
London, UK140 contributions
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Sept 2022 • Friends
I just wanted to inform you all that there are a few free fountains water on the way up. About after 30/45min going up.
It's very steep and you can finish your bottle quickly if the weather is warm/hot.
So don't worry there are a few fountains with fresh water you can refill your bottle.
The first waterfall us just 15/20min up after the fountains.
Written 13 February 2023
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maybelater18
London, UK195 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Family
Probably the best hike we’ve ever done as a family, we walked to Vernal Falls first and then on up Nevada Falls and back. C.7 miles, c3,500 total climb, c.4 hours walking but c.7 hours total with all the WOW view stops and a proper break at the top of Nevada Falls before following the John Muir trail back down (a little longer but less busy and not just retreading the steps you take up)

The trail is brilliantly laid out but it gets STEEP in places - not scary, just hard work.

We didn’t have reservations so had to get to the park before 6:00 which was earlier than planned (it’s before 08:00 Oct to April I think) but that turned out to be a good thing as we started walking at 07:00 and had 2 more hours of cool hiking than if we’d started at 09:00 and by 11:00 it was HOT!!! (August visit)

When we were arriving back at base at 2pm some people were just starting to hike (c98degrees?!?!) and even if they were only planning Vernal Falls I think some were going to struggle.

We do a bit of walking but aren’t super hikers but we LOVED this day and it was probably our highlight of 2 weeks in California that included some very special days in SanFran and Monterey.
Written 18 August 2022
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Steve
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
After a heavy winter snow, the run off of water was exceptional. The trail can take some time and finish and it is always up hill with a lot of steps! The views are worth it though! Absolutely bring a waterproof jacket, pack etc. My trip past Vernal falls was so full of spray the falls were almost unseeble, some choosing to actally turn back ( though I doubt it's normally this bad) since the trail was with in the heavy spray. It is really worth the trip, and plan to spend some time at the top of Nevada falls where you can sit down for a picnic! The views are great as you look down the valley past the "silver apron" and "Emerald pools".
Written 27 January 2020
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wgm51
Albuquerque, NM110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We had already done quite a bit of walking/hiking before we started up this trail (from the parking lot to Lower Yosemite Falls, then to Mirror Lake, then to the trailhead for this hike) since the shuttle buses are not operating this Summer. For that reason, I only walked up the the Vernal Falls footbridge - my wife did continue a bit further to the bottom of the stairs going up to the top of Vernal Falls. Even up to the footbridge, the trail, while wide and paved, is still quite steep and also pretty crowded. If we had been able to ride the shuttles to some of the trailheads I would have liked to go further up on this trail, but by the end of the day I had put over 14 miles in, so I was glad I decided to stop here. It was still quite a beautiful hike, and one everyone who is capable of should try and do.
Written 6 July 2021
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The Simple Salty Life
Winter Garden, FL562 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This is an amazing trail that leads to Vernal and Nevada Falls. It is not for kids though! We saw so many young kids or people hiking with flip flops on, I hope they weren't going past the steps to Vernal Falls. It is not too bad of a hike to the bottom of Vernal and you can get a great view! But once the stairs get wet, and the trail gets crowded, it can be very tricky. More people die on this trail than any other part of Yosemite. We turned around once the handrail for the stairs ended, it was too crowded and slippery to go any further without something to hold on to. Still got some amazing pictures!
Written 2 January 2022
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bobbyza
Phoenix, AZ308 contributions
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Jul 2021
Considered a moderately strenuous hike covering slightly over 1000 feet in elevation change. The Mist trail is 0.8 miles to the footbridge (so 1-1/2 miles round trip) OR, 1.2 miles approx to the top of Vernal Falls(2.4 miles round trip) . Good ops of Vernal Falls from the footbridge. Also of note is that there is water available just past the footbridge to fill up water bottle. The second half of the hike from footbridge to the falls is considerably more uphill, but my wife and I in our mid 60's got to the base of Vernal Falls. Allow for 2 to 3 hours depending on length of hike and ability. Recommendation is to hike in the morning during the summer months!
Written 7 August 2021
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RG_WorldTravel
Los Angeles, CA550 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Family
This was hands down our favorite and most challenging hike at Yosemite considering we were on a family trip. It starts off pretty easy, with a steady uphill, and when you reach the spectacular verbal falls, it’s approximately 600 steps to the top.
Most people take it slowly and stop along the way for photos.

Next you get to emerald pool which is a like a small lake where people stop to picnic and some also jump in for a swim. It’s signposted not to swim, but many people do, and while the water is very cold, it is very enticing. There are also some natural water slides on the opposite side of the pool where the granite rock is shallow and smooth.

Next is the hike up to Nevada Falls, which are taller than vernal and also very impressive. From there you can hike up to the top of the falls and across over to glacier point (I believe).

All in all an incredible way to spend the day, and be out in nature where beauty abounds.
Written 18 July 2020
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Brandy P
East Longmeadow, MA339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
For these 60+ y.o. legs, was a bit challenging. The walk to Vernal Falls bridge is easy, to the top of Vernal Falls moderate but WORTH IT, and extended to the bridge that gives you a great view of Nevada Falls. We turned around here because it would be another 1000 ft and 2 hrs to go all the way to the top of Nevada falls.
Written 7 February 2020
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DesertRose
476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The hike to Vernal Falls is fairly short but there is a pretty intense section towards the top.
If you're in moderate physical condition it shouldn't be a problem.
You will get drenched so be sure to wear waterproof hiking boots or sandals with good traction.
The view at the top is amazing and the spray makes a rainbow that makes the hike worth it all by itself.
The one negative is the crowds as it is a very popular part of the park.
Written 9 June 2024
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