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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.
Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Mist Trail is one of the most famous trails in Yosemite, and with good reason -- it's beautiful! I'd advise you to head out early in the morning, maybe around 7 or 8, when the crowds are scarce. It gets as busy as an...More

Thank coke2012
Reviewed 3 days ago

Definitely a beautiful trail. Moderate-difficult level. Recommend bringing a lot of water, some snacks, breathable clothing and sunscreen.

Thank Kelly D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took the shuttle from #10 station (next to the visitor center parking) to #16. We climbed the mist trail up to Vernal falls. It's quite a strenuous climb for a family with small kids and a baby carrier but the views are great and...More

Thank offir ק
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a relatively short hike (a bit over a mile one way) for a round trip to the bottom Vernal Falls, but do not believe the trail guide once you pass the bottom. The trail becomes very narrow, very strenuous and at times is...More

1  Thank BuzDots
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great hike. Should take about three hours round trip. Come back on the Muir Trail which is easier on the knees. If you feel good, hike another hour each way and continue on to Nevada Falls

Thank john9572
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an uphill hike most of the way. But, it's not too long, so most people can make it. However, when you get to a point where you can see the Falls; you might want to stop there. The rest of the way has...More

1  Thank DoreenHeff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family with two kids (6&7) did his hike at the end of August and we had a great experience and views. It was not smoky at all. The trail gets very busy so an early start is recommended!! I am in decent shape so...More

1  Thank Valori H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This hike is really great. We only stopped for a day in Yosemite, but this route gave a great overview of all the park has to offer: spectacular waterfalls, looming peaks, awesome valleys, shady pine forests... Even in mid-August the falls were still running, although...More

1  Thank Jimbo5000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mist trail starts for Happy Isles free shuttle bus stop. It is about 5 miles long and path is Vernal Water footbridge- Vernal Falls-Nevada Falls. The elevation change from Happy Isles to Vernal falls footbridge is not much- 400ft in 1.2 mile and then another...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yosemite’s Mist Trail could be accessed to the Happy Isle bus stop. It’s a challenging trail although the guide says it’s moderate. The guide also tells you how much water to bring - believe in it! What to expect: It’s a single path trail that...More

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9 May 2018|
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Response from jenrivers23 |
Is it currently open? I’d heard it was closed. If so, is it dangerous going back down Mist?
27 April 2018|
Response from PacificNWFamily | Reviewed this property |
Hi The Yosemite forum is very active. Questions are answered the same day. This Q&A feature has few readers. In spring, getting on the first shuttle of the day is usually a good idea. If you prefer an earlier... More
Michele N
24 April 2018|
Response from PacificNWFamily | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The Mist Trail is the most popular trail in the Valley. If you can begin the hike very early, it will be less crowded. Coming down the John Muir Trail is usually easier and less crowded.