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Vernal Fall

Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
+1 209-372-0200
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Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco
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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.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
+1 209-372-0200
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The best waterfall hike in the USA. The falls are pretty shocking, and the trip up is ultra-challenging. But the trail is PERFECT. It’s either paved or stepped the whole way up. The views are stunning all the way from the bus stop to the...More

Thank 7,268
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not very long and not very difficult hike for the amazing view of waterfall. Very mystic and also photogenic cause it is covered up by the rainbow.

Thank siomikas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only had one day at Yosemite and, being more into fatness than fitness, we were never going to do anything too strenuous. The hike to the Vernal Falls bridge is short but never-the-less steep enough to make it an effort for those of us...More

Thank Goannas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is maybe the most popular trail in the park. It is perfect for a 3 hour time frame. In summer it's misty from all the water flows but fall and winter it slows down and it beautiful with icy rims and frosty traces all...More

Thank Travelbug1155
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a spectacular spot with amazing views. The hike itself is not extremely long but even then challenging. In the beginning it is quite steep and it is going uphill and downhill. There is a fantastic view on the wooden bridge to Vernal Fall....More

1  Thank EdithTa
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

We only had a short amount of time allotted to spend at Yosemite during our California road trip, so asked around the night before at out hotel about some good day hikes. The most common recommendation was Mist Trail to Vernal Falls. The trail is...More

Thank lovealwayslisa8
Reviewed 30 November 2017

excellent trail. very steep. prepare your knees. and very rewarding. we went on Fall, so water volume was low. Not impressive waterfall but very impressive surroundings and pleasant rest area up there

Reviewed 22 November 2017

I was trying to find pictures of what the waterfalls would look like in November before our trip and couldn't find any, so I have one to post. There was very little water coming over the fall. The hike is marked as moderate, but you...More

Thank sutrotower
Reviewed 18 November 2017

very beautiful view. you can go little close to this falls based on the current. water will be chill

Thank sudheerpakala
Reviewed 17 November 2017

The best photos are actually mid-way up on the rocks looking up at the Fall but we enjoyed the climb to the top and the views were stunning, well worth a visit if you find yourself at Yosemite!

Thank Timhall030290
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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
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