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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.
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“mist trail” (194 reviews)
“great hike” (68 reviews)
Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
+1 209-372-0200
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Reviewed today

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
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's a good hike to the bridge. The upwards path is good to walk. It's moderated but with a few stops to watch the beautiful views, we made it. Loved it!

Thank AnkeDS
Reviewed 1 week ago

Taking the Mist Trail hike and passing by the Vernal Falls was more than amazing. Our visit was last June and the waterfall was roaring and it was beautiful!

Thank TravelwithYoungOFW
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love hiking Misty Trail up to these falls. From there you can continue on up to Nevada Falls or come back down. Expect to get wet in the spring.

Thank Joe G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hiking in this national park is one of the greatest experiences anyone can hope to have. The trails are not easy but bring a pair of hiking sticks, pick your pace and be truly inspired

Thank waltermichael
Reviewed 1 week ago

Vernal Falls is part of the Mist Trail, infamous for it's narrow, wet, steps that border a treacherous drop to the rocks and water below. However, thousands of people, with babies on their backs, toddlers in tow, and kids running wild, hike it every year....More

1  Thank KBrogan
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a moderate climb to the bridge but scenery quite beautiful. Worth the walk but with a few stops made it.

Thank margiesmemories
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The final part of this hike is quite challenging and requires a moderate degree of agility and fitness but the views are a just reward for the hard work.

Thank freeflight
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great hike to the falls; fun and scenic along the way, a variety of terrain to go over, and then the payoff when you reach the top of the falls. Overall, this was by and far my favorite hike and spot in...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started out on the trail to Vernal Falls, but it is uphill and coming back down is always a problem for me because I tend to slide when going downhill. To my husband's disappointed, I turned around and gave up. We were, therefore, delighted...More

Thank ThomasTCat
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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