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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.
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  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed yesterday

Highly recommended trail in Yosemite if you want to see the fall up,close and personal.It is definitely not the easiest hike but so worth it.If you can get to the footbridge that is also extremely pretty.Try to climb a little higher and you'll love watching...More

Thank Anusuya N
Reviewed yesterday

We went up to Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail. Agree with others - get an early start, both for crowds and for heat. When you can see Nevada Falls from the side, there are good spots to stop - even lie down on a...More

Thank bizbo98
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Breathtaking and beautiful I will definitely go there again. A Must go back to your place. The waterfalls are breathtaking we walked underneath the waterfalls and we had water in our face

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Reviewed 4 days ago

THE LAST 100 FEET ARE EXTREMELY TREACHEROUS! As thrilling as it is to reach magnificent Vernal Fall, this review is intended to accurately describe this trail, so readers will be safer & more prepared, because consequences could be DEADLY. CURRENT CONDITIONS: During this peak waterfall...More

Thank WillowayGirl
Reviewed 4 days ago

I am a fit senior citizen and hiked a number of tough trails here. Mist Trail is popular and very positively reviewed by most. After reaching Nevada Falls, my husband opted for the Mist Trail since it was shorter than John Muir. We started down...More

Thank dancer3361
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is the biggest park in the area and I saw numerous beautiful pictures from there. This was the first stop on our 3-day park tour (Yosemite-Sequoia-Death Valley). We were not particularly lucky with the weather – it was snowing and damn cold (in mid-June!)....More

Thank Relonch_User_N1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You get DRENCHED! We had a great time on this hike, we started at 7:15 from the parking lot and I would recommend not starting any later than that. They recommend 3 liters of water to carry if you are going to Nevada Falls, there...More

1  Thank Kayla O
Reviewed 5 days ago

I must have been one of the older people on this hike. It is a bit strenuous. More of a downpour than a mist for our visit. We got soaked. Be prepared. it is a hard hike straight up. Not for the very young or...More

Thank klossau
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wow. This hike was Incredible. We got there with no expectations and left with Such a memorable experience. The trail overall is pretty difficult if your not the hiking type, as it is all uphill and sharp downhill after the waterfall. Definitely wear the right...More

Thank Igs_me
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I will reflect on this hike for years to come. We parked at the Happy Isles trail head and took the mist trail to the top of Vernal falls and kept going to the top of Nevada falls and descended back to Happy Isles. We...More

Thank yourenotoldyet
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Hello, Is it suitable to hike with young kids and a toddler in a baby Carrier. Does the shuttle take you most of the way to see the falls? Thanks in advance
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
Do you have to have a ticket to hike the trail?
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
How much time should I give myself to hike up (past both falls) and back?
19 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