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Vernal Fall

Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
+1 209-372-0200
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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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Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
+1 209-372-0200
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Reviewed yesterday

We went here for a hike and wow was it a hike. Once you hit the stairs it is anything goes and slippery/scary. Beautiful area and great scenery. Very crowded and quite challenging towards the top.

Thank pinheadsaz
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely Stunning! You will get drenched from the mist...More like rain. Go early to avoid crowds.

Thank TLSwan07
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The first portion of the hike is mostly straight uphill. But once you make it to the bridge crossing, the rest of the way to the falls is incredible. We visited in June, 2017 and were told Yosemite received much more snow that winter than...More

Thank Trevin L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This walk is strenuous but the views are worth the hike. You do get wet from the spray from the waterfall and the walk is very wet - so dress appropriately. I was wearing hiking boots which worked well going up but the trip down...More

Thank kathiev_13
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the top of vernal falls in May. Wow talk about water. We got to the parking area for mist trail and vernal falls by 800 am. We did find parking Bring lunch!!!!!!!! and snacks. This is not a short stroll. It is close...More

Thank Mo M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend this trail that goes through the mist of the fall. We were completely wet but jubilant when we reached the top of the fall. The rainbow in the fall waters was wonderful and so was the view from the top. This is...More

Thank Puneite_10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hate to be the naysayer, but the segment of the Mist Trail at the side of Vernal Falls was a dangerous hike the day we took it. The trail was crowded at 9:00AM. Hikers with walking sticks were wielding them carelessly. The falls were producing...More

Thank JamesHTexas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Vernal Fall can be accessed by the Mist Trail, which is 2.4 mi/3.9 km roundtrip with an elevation gain of 1000 ft/365 m. We visited Vernal Fall as part of the longer Panorama Trail (from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley) on Memorial Day. There is...More

Thank pingaroo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a 1.6 mile trail to the Vernal Falls Bridge. It's a steady incline, but paved the whole way. At the bridge you get a view of Vernal Falls, but I don't know if this view is worth it. It's only partial. The trail...More

Thank ccindyk48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Be prepared....take plenty of water and good shoes. Lots of slippery steps and a god climb to falls. Was well worth it. Don't quit here....take trail to Nevada Falls and than return John Muir trail. Unique and so memorable. The huge water sprays produce amazing...More

Thank Momkram
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Donna L
Will there be waterfalls flowing if i come at end of june/beginning of july?
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
How much time does it take approximately for the round trip if you want to go till the end of the trail ?
1 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
Armando G
Hello, Is there overnight backpacking at Vernal falls? If not what is the closest place? I am trying to find a starting trail head for my upcoming backpacking trip that passes through Vernal falls. thanks
5 October 2015|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
No. You need to be further from civilization in Yosemite Valley. Check the NPS website about backpacking.