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Address: Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Though not as tall as Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall is popular for the green...

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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Thundering falls. Majestic!

We walked for a long time, all uphill to finally see the Vernal Fall. The walk was gorgeous and the rocks, trees, river combination was so worth it! A MUST see if you are in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Happike
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Toronto
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We walked for a long time, all uphill to finally see the Vernal Fall. The walk was gorgeous and the rocks, trees, river combination was so worth it! A MUST see if you are in the National Park.

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Mill Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This trail continues to have all of the wonders of the Mist Trail with rain own, rushing water pounding on the rocks and beautiful views. Just be careful as it can be slippery!

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Canmore, Canada
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely little stop spot on the way up or down from the Dome. Can be quite busy so want to make sure you get an early start. Loads of stairs so good shoes are a must! Can get a little slippery do to the mist from the falls. A must see in Yosemite!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Vernal falls is simply gorgeous. If you take the mist trail the steps will be quite wet, hence dangerous to hike on when there's high water volume. Though not as scenic, it is safer to take the Muir trail and follow the signs to take you to the falls and leave the same way back out to the Muir trail.... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On my first hike to Vernal falls I was 5 and my daddy carried me part of the way. Just to the footbridge (0.8 miles) that time. My most recent hike was at age 67. Still thrilling. The trail is unique because of the 600 granite steps which lead to the top of the falls. This spring the falls should... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

We sort of stumbled upon Vernal Fall on our way down from Nevada Fall. It was lovely and probably one of the easier falls to walk to. The views are good though a little more height offers much better views if you can handle the walk.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We traveled to Yosemite during the 5 year draught, which has affected all of the water falls. I recommend you check with a ranger to see if the falls are flowing before planning your trip.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Wow is all I can say! Some of the most gorgeous falls I have ever seen. This is a must see and is worth breaking every sweat!!! The sound of the water, the views, the fresh air. It can be a little slippery but is worth every effort to get to the most beautiful falls Bring your camera!

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Walking in December with snow on the ground the trail can become a little slippery but it is worth the effort to get to the falls. The first half of the walk is along a very good paved trail, but after the bridge the mist trail is a lot rougher with steps to the base of the waterfall. Not a... More 

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Punta Arenas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

very nice spot and great views all the way in to the waterfall, get some nice pictures and enjoy the sound of the water!!

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