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Mist Trail

Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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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.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“vernal falls” (194 reviews)
“clark point” (13 reviews)
“granite steps” (25 reviews)
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Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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"vernal falls"
in 194 reviews
"clark point"
in 13 reviews
"granite steps"
in 25 reviews
"great hike"
in 42 reviews
"rain gear"
in 18 reviews
"wet steps"
in 13 reviews
"take your time"
in 36 reviews
"steep steps"
in 17 reviews
"happy isles"
in 26 reviews
"liberty cap"
in 11 reviews
"emerald pool"
in 12 reviews
"wear good shoes"
in 11 reviews
"tough hike"
in 14 reviews
"hiking poles"
in 15 reviews
"turned around"
in 9 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 17 reviews
"john muir"
in 21 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

although possibly near many children abilities to reach the mist trail with some assistance, the often wet, uneven trail is dangerous. There are no guard rails for most of the sections. Attention is on the falls, not on where they're stepping. It's also crowded and...More

Thank Brian P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Once you get past the crowds in the first mile, this is an awesome hike! The hike to Vernal Falls is 3 miles round trip while continuing on to Nevada Falls brings the total to 7 miles. The Mist Trail lived up to its name...More

Thank CandieTravels
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Trail title indicates what you should be ready for, lots of mist as you get closer to the falls. It is 1000 ft elevation gain, so if the altitude bothers you, you might not want to do this one. You will want a rain...More

Thank TeacherDoris
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This hike was the best hike I have ever experienced!! We stopped a lot to take pictures and videos & sat down a few times to relax for a short while. We hiked from the parking lot, to Vernal Falls, to the top of Nevada...More

1  Thank 123vegas123
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We walked a little bit of the Mist Trail but we didn't make it quite to the Lower Falls. I have a bad knee and didn't want to ruin the rest of my vacation by overdoing it. We really did enjoy the glimpses of the...More

Thank Trish W
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The trail starts off going pretty steep, it was too much for my dad who has a bad hip so i went by myself. You're surrounded by giant mountains while walking through the canyon to the falls. Once you reach the bridge, it's a pretty...More

Thank Lindseym15
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked from Half Dome Village to the Vernal Falls trail head. The shuttles were just too full and we waited long enough. This is trail was steep and wet. Bring a rain pancho or wind breaker it does get wet up at the top....More

Thank mrem
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the most beautiful breathtaking hike! It's hard to believe the views are real! Take the short but steep route up ans the longer route down to avoid wet steep stairs going down. Would make this a priority on your trip!

Thank Joan R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Vernal Fall water was roaring! Lots of spray. A fun climb. Highly recommend if you are physically able.

Thank harv2u
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the best hikes Yosemite has to offer but ready to get wet in Spring, when the Vernal Falls is at its peak. Amazing views from the top of the falls and plenty on rainbows on your way up in spring.

Thank Andrea M
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jenrivers23
9 May 2018|
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Response from PacificNWFamily | Reviewed this property |
The section of the JMT from the top of Nevada Fall to Clark Point is closed. Read more on the NPS website or ask on the Yosemite forum page. The map makes it clear.
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breezy135
27 April 2018|
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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
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Michele N
24 April 2018|
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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.
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