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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
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All reviews mist trail great hike the john muir trail stone steps worth the effort steep hike foot bridge happy isles take your time bring water rain gear water flow up hill coming down lots of water avoid the crowds merced river
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Mid October is our dry season. The hike & falls are beautiful but water is very low, therefore no mist for the falls. Loved this hike but there are no signs from the parking lot. I haven’t been here for 12 years so I was...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank gaylej459
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very steep hike up a mostly paved path to some gorgeous falls. The trail follows the river up to the base of Vernal Falls. You can additional hike further on up some (big, slippery, steep) stairs to the top of Vernal falls and the Emerald...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Kathryn H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have a moderate fear of heights!! Having read all the recent reviews there was no mention of height issues. !! I made maybe 3/4 up to Vernal Falls steps where the height became an issue. I could of made it up but the thought...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank rebeccacY3503WO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Depends on your hiking experience. I d rate it as easy but i can see why it is marked as moderate. It starts flat and then climbs quite a lot. The last part is slippery. If you want to reach the top you will have...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 7 September 2019 via mobile

This is great walk to the falls. It is all uphill and rather strenuous in terms of walking but worth it when you get to the falls. Try to avoid holiday weekends as it gets very crowded and can be a bit dangerous at the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank LindaS642
Reviewed 5 September 2019

Great hike to the base of the falls. Allow 3 hrs return trip. Lots of stairs climbing as part of the trail is steep so wear hiking shoes. There is a water station half way into the hike but the restroom was closed.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Julie K
Reviewed 3 September 2019 via mobile

Via the Mist Trail we went to Vernal Falls. A short walk up some slippery rock stairs to emerald pools for a short brake and back to the beginning of the falls via the John Muir trail. An exhausting day due to the heat but...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 932elkel
Reviewed 3 September 2019

The highlight our Yosemite adventure was our day hike to Nevada falls; we were all exhausted before we even got up to Vernal fall, but Leo, is a smart and energetic tour guide, he kept motivating us nonstop and made us overcome our fatigue. This...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Eartha-brghamsa
Reviewed 27 August 2019 via mobile

I loved the view of Vernal Fall! The way to it is a bit exhausting, since it’s high up, but the view it totally worth it 😍I climbed it with my boyfriend in flip flops, but maybe grab different shoes if you are not too...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank madamenadalee
Reviewed 23 August 2019

It was an easy to moderate trail according to our guide and took a couple hours to do, but the view was fantastic.

Date of experience: August 2019
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C.S. P
19 August 2017|
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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
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