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Mist Trail

Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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USD 90.00*
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Yosemite Day Hike from Glacier Point Including Panorama 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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  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent 12 days in many spots in Cali and the mist trail is one thing we will not forget! The hike is not difficult for those in decent shape, but it pays to use caution as there are many people and slippery rocks as...More

1  Thank Hillary160
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is by no means an easy trail. We started early and hiked from Happy Isles to the top of Nevada Falls and then went back down via the John Muir Trail. There was tons of water in the river so both falls were roaring...More

1  Thank megklee30
Reviewed 3 days ago

We made sure to arrive in Yosemite early in the morning (before 9am) to still have a parking spot relatively close to the starting point of the mist trail. Be sure to wear good shoes and bring enough water (minimum 1 liter per person, but...More

1  Thank Elise S
Reviewed 5 days ago

From what we heard this is the most popular trail in the park. The hike along the trail was great with awesome views of the mountains, waterfalls and river. A note of caution, especially with families of small children; about 25 yards past the bridge...More

Thank GGsTraveling
Reviewed 6 days ago

We did this hike in May 2017 after a winter of heavy snowfall, and it was amazing because of the amount of water that was coming downstream. It is quite a hike to the actual fall, and I have seen videos from other years and...More

Thank SharkTT
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did this hike up to Vernal Falls during peak snowmelt. It was absolutely insane. We were hiking up the steps and I could see maybe 4 feet in front of me due to the mist. Be very careful because those steps are definitely slippery....More

Thank Patrick C
Reviewed 1 week ago

First word of advice: go prepared. Take some sort of rain jacket because you will 100% get wet. Very wet. Take plenty of water and food. Even in June with an early morning start, it gets hot. This is is a beautiful hike. Do not...More

Thank vpaul1108
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you can cope with a lot of uneven steps and getting soaked it is well worth the walk. The average age when we were there was about half of ours - lots of families. we did dry out very quickly.

Thank joan t
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The trail starts with steep paved path. This is the hardest part as not much shaded area. You cross the river to green area. Then you enter the "misty" area. All stone steps with constant water from the fall. Rain gear is a must as...More

1  Thank Aya T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like to walk along raging rivers and see two beautiful waterfalls all in one hike, this is a must-see. It is a bit challenging, but well worth it. Allow 6 hours so you can rest at the top of each waterfall and take...More

1  Thank TomK1000
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28 May 2017|
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Response from Bigsurrunner | Reviewed this property |
Small children would be OK but take frequent breaks and keep them in front of you so you can keep an eye on them. There are steep drop offs so they need to stay in the middle of the trail. As far as using a carrier you had... More
25 May 2016|
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Response from i-am-evil-homer | Reviewed this property |
no , the mist trail is one of the simplest trails to hike , no tickets required , just pick up a map once you get there , you can also take the free bus to and from the base of the trail , all will be explained in the free... More
Corinne W
20 May 2016|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi I recommend asking questions like this on the Yosemite NP TripAdvisor forum page. The NPS suggests 5-6 hours for the hike. The Yosemite Hikes website suggests 5 hours. If you're descending the John Muir Trail, it's a... More