Mist 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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maybelater18
London, UK185 contributions
Family
Probably the best hike we’ve ever done as a family, we walked to Vernal Falls first and then on up Nevada Falls and back. C.7 miles, c3,500 total climb, c.4 hours walking but c.7 hours total with all the WOW view stops and a proper break at the top of Nevada Falls before following the John Muir trail back down (a little longer but less busy and not just retreading the steps you take up)

The trail is brilliantly laid out but it gets STEEP in places - not scary, just hard work.

We didn’t have reservations so had to get to the park before 6:00 which was earlier than planned (it’s before 08:00 Oct to April I think) but that turned out to be a good thing as we started walking at 07:00 and had 2 more hours of cool hiking than if we’d started at 09:00 and by 11:00 it was HOT!!! (August visit)

When we were arriving back at base at 2pm some people were just starting to hike (c98degrees?!?!) and even if they were only planning Vernal Falls I think some were going to struggle.

We do a bit of walking but aren’t super hikers but we LOVED this day and it was probably our highlight of 2 weeks in California that included some very special days in SanFran and Monterey.
Written 18 August 2022
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AFischer3
Grandville, MI14 contributions
I enjoyed this hike, but it is harder for shorter people, as some of the steps are tall. The path was wet, so wear good non-slip shoes. Stop along the way and take photos.
Written 17 June 2022
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State96,367 contributions
We headed up the Mist Trail with dozens of other hikers and walkers. The first part to the footbridge is paved and busy busy busy. The view of Illilouette Fall is an extra bonus.

The restroom at the footbridge was clean and had no bears (one was in the restroom last month.) We refilled our water bottles at the water station.

I was unhappy to see an off leash “service dog” scampering everywhere amidst her large group. It is unclear how she provided service to her owner (I could not tell who it was!) Hopefully she did not disturb any of the legal residents of the wilderness including lizards, birds, ground squirrels, and Western Gray Squirrels.
Written 17 June 2022
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Kim C
42 contributions
My favorite hike! This was moderate/strenuous and I didn't make it to the top. The steep wet stairs were a show-stopper but still a fabulous hike. It is crowded and there were tears from kids that didn't want to be there. It is ALL uphill!! Be prepared and flexible. Went on a hot day - the mist was magical!
Written 11 June 2022
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Amanda H
Plano, TX457 contributions
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We hiked from Happy Isles to top of Vernal Falls, then swung right up the Clark turnoff to reach Muir trail which we took back down. You’re uphill and then level out a picturesque bridge as you look up at the lovely waterfalls. Then you realize you have another 500 ft in elevation gain over 300 ft and 600 granite steps with the waterfall splashing you in the face and idiots stopping on the gravel stairs to take selfies and check their selfies oblivious of the lien behind them trying to climb up the waterfall. Also once you start the stairs, there is no sign telling you how many more to go, in fact you’ll think you accidentally climbed the Vernal fall, but then you see the top of Vernal and catch your breadth and tell yourself it was worth the climb. that’s when you look for where you’re supposed to hang right…you go further up, then you see the Clark turnoff, that is another 300 ft uphill!! Then when you’re almost done with it you see the search and rescue rangers at the trail head and alas..there is the downhill Muir trail that will take you back down and connect to the trail at that lovely bridge you saw earlier. It took us right at 3 hours and we were trekking it downhill. Fill up your water every time you have a chance!!! You’ll need it!!
Written 10 June 2022
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BT3rd
Datchet, UK5,815 contributions
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The walk to the bridge to view the first falls is paved, but steep. However you can rest on the rocks as you go up. There is a bridge to view Vernal falls and a stair way to see it more closely. From there Nevada falls is a real hike.
Written 2 June 2022
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Wade G
Bainbridge Island, WA5 contributions
Really liked it but did not expect it to be so vertical (we are in our 70s). Good view at the bridge. Lots of people hiking but all were friendly and helpful.
Written 17 May 2022
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Super Simple Salty Life
Winter Garden, FL579 contributions
This is an amazing trail that leads to Vernal and Nevada Falls. It is not for kids though! We saw so many young kids or people hiking with flip flops on, I hope they weren't going past the steps to Vernal Falls. It is not too bad of a hike to the bottom of Vernal and you can get a great view! But once the stairs get wet, and the trail gets crowded, it can be very tricky. More people die on this trail than any other part of Yosemite. We turned around once the handrail for the stairs ended, it was too crowded and slippery to go any further without something to hold on to. Still got some amazing pictures!
Written 2 January 2022
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Patrick M
Orcutt, CA65 contributions
This is a steep ascent and only for the hiker that is in shape. Don't kid yourself if you are not ready for a strenuous trip. Great trip overall.
Written 18 November 2021
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D. Aaronson
Asheville, NC682 contributions
This is a steep hike up, even to the lower viewpoints of Vernal Falls. The granite stairs are a workout and not for those afraid of heights. The view of Vernal is best about halfway up the stairs although the top is defnitely interesting. Emerald Pool is a pleasant place to stop and rest on the way to Nevada Falls.
Written 24 August 2021
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