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Reviewed 17 June 2022

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.

Date of experience: June 2022
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Reviewed 12 June 2022

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!

Date of experience: June 2022
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Reviewed 10 June 2022 via mobile

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!!

Date of experience: May 2022
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Reviewed 2 June 2022 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: May 2022
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Reviewed 18 May 2022

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.

Date of experience: April 2022
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