Nevada Falls Loop
Nevada Falls Loop
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maybelater18
London, UK185 contributions
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A walk (c7miles and 3500 ft total climb) of non stop WOW WOW WOW. Took 4 hours of walking but 7 hours in total with all the WOW stops and a decent 1 hour break at the top. Came back via John Muir trail - a bit longer but less busy, less steep and not just retracing previous steps.

Can’t recommend this highly enough - but if your going in Summer go early as it gets HOT (98 on our day) and I’d we’d left to start the climb after 0900 we’d have struggled with heat (we started at 0700)

We’re not super hikers but this is a must do if you can
Written 18 August 2022
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Sally S
Fort Littleton, PA53 contributions
Wow, it was crowded but this was my favorite trail. DO NOT GO BACK DOWN THE STEPS! Go up the steps and then past Nevada Falls take the John Muir trail down. There will be less people on the John Muir trail and you'll have magnificent views. The park rangers should make this trail one way. if everyone was headed the same direction you wouldn't have to wait in the narrow parts of the steps. It would be much safer.
Written 25 July 2022
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State96,367 contributions
After hiking up the Mist Trail, we headed down the John Muir Trail. My favorite view was on the early part of the JMT with some of the wildflowers in the foreground and Nevada Fall in the distance.

There were a lot of hikers on the trail.
Written 17 June 2022
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AFischer3
Grandville, MI14 contributions
My husband and I are 40 and in average shape. We found the climb doable, but the route back down was harder (probably because we were tired). Our hiking poles were accidentally left behind, and I wish we had them, as it would have taken pressure off our legs. We opted to come down the John Muir trail and it was steep, hot, and we were tired! The views were the best on the way up, so take your time and savor them. The views were worth all the hard work, but I would hesitate to do this hike again unless I prepared with training.
Written 17 June 2022
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Grey
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A bit crowded but totally worth the walk!! Listened to a john muir audio tour on the way, and it gave me such a nice perspective on the sound and light coming off the falls!
Written 29 May 2022
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MichaelS848484
Pittsburgh, PA469 contributions
The Nevada Falls loop is PHENOMENAL! The hike is a bit strenuous (there are sections with some steep stairs), but it is totally worth it. You get great views of both sets of falls (Vernal Falls, then Nevada Falls).

As others suggested, start with the Mist Trail, which will take you up to & past Vernal Falls first, then up to the top of and over Nevada Falls. The mist from the falls will cool you off on the way up, and more importantly, you'll go UP the steep stairs rather than doing down them, which is more dangerous (& frightening). There are tons of spot to catch your breath, and most offer great picture opportunities, which gives you the perfect excuse (you're not tired; you're taking a picture!).

Going down John Muir Trail is easier than going down Mist Trail; the path is a bit longer, but much more gradual & way less stairs. It was actually faster going down for this reason.

Be sure to have good hiking shoes; the paths can be slippery, especially coming down, without good shoes. Also, bring plenty of water. There is a filling station before Vernal Falls, but no places to fill up after that.

This hike was by far my favorite thing in Yosemite. It's not easy, and takes most of a day (you'll be pretty tired after), but it is so worth it.
Written 23 September 2021
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sharonbQ7070AK
Novi, Michigan39 contributions
You get to see Vernal Falls and Nevada falls. Beautiful scenery along the way. Go up the Mist Trail and down the John Muir trail so you don't have to navigate the rocky steps all the way down. Took a total of about 6 hours to do the whole hike including a 30-40 min rest at the top of Nevada falls and lots of stops for pictures on the way up.
Written 13 July 2021
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Josh B
Roscoe, IL18 contributions
Beautiful waterfall hike. We had a group of 9, from 65 years old to 15. Practice on your stair-stepper, because there are many steep steps to ascend.
This trail is a loop, and we highly recommend going clock-wise when you get to where the paths diverge. This allows you to do the steepest part going up, which is safer.
If you do the loop this way, you will first encounter Vernal Falls, where you get sprayed by mist from the waterfall, and there is a perpetual rainbow. There is a cascade flowing into a pool at the top of the falls, which several of us got into (very refreshing). After another steep ascent, you'll reach Nevada falls, which has a beautiful view of the mountain range.
The descent going clock-wise is fairly gradual and easy. Several of us actually ran down, as this is an easier way to descending as long as you're sure-footed and you don't trip.
The total hike time was about 7 hours for us, though much of this time was due to waiting for those not in shape for the elevation gain.
Written 27 June 2021
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Dan
Las Vegas, NV7 contributions
Great beautiful hike but beware, the maps are not completely current, shuttles are not running at this time, but luckily there is phone service so google maps is of more benefit than paper maps to orient yourself.
Written 12 May 2021
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Jennifer W
Atlanta, GA93 contributions
I did the stairs up and the trail down. It had snowed a bunch the night before so it made the 7.5 miles tricky for half of it but so splendid in it's beauty!
Written 3 January 2021
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