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Vernal Fall

Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We loved the hike to the base of the falls even though there was very little water. There is a beautiful pool at the base of the falls that is very beautiful. Hikers beware, however, that the path is steep and turns to a very steep and difficult set of uneven rock stairs near the falls. From the bridge on,... More

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

This hike is better done in late spring when the water is absolutely gushing (!!) through narrow crevices than in fall when water is low and virtually nonexistant. Still it's beautiful all the time and well worth the exercise.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This waterfall is reached via short but steeper trail which starts on a smooth paved path, then leaves the path and you will find yourself on a long staircase of wet and slippery steps, many of which are at least 3x taller than those in civilized world. At the time you arrive to Vernal falls, you will likely be huffing... More

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Rigorous hike to the top, lots of steps, hard on the quads, especially coming down, unless you're in really top shape.

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Bogota, Colombia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

A beautiful trail with water even in late summer! Don't miss Emerald Pool and make the effort to the top of the fall.

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Venice, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The hike to Vernal Falls along the Mist Trail is paved but with a fair amount of elevation which makes it a nice bit of exercise. Luckily much of it is shaded and the view of the Falls is lovely, with water flowing even in September in the midst of drought.

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We hiked Vernal falls on a very hot dry day. The hike up is very steep.....almost straight up the entire way. It was pretty at the top....even thought the waterfall was almost just a trickle. Overall, it was a challenging hike because of the grade, and not the best hike I ever done.

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Lake Hughes, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The trip to the top of Vernal falls was a pretty steep hike after the half way point. The squires are the top are very bold and will not think twice about getting right up into your face to request food, sadly they are used to being fed people food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We left for the walk about 9am. It is all sealed but a reasonable climb. We took our time and had lots of rests. There were fellow trampers everywhere-- and many very friendly ones who offered to take our photos. We only made it to the bridge but we felt we had succeeded. It was hot on our return but... More

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Terrigal, Australia
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This was recommended by friends and was totally worthwhile! Other reviews say that it is steep in spots, but I have to say that even though I am quite short, I did not find it in the least steep! The path is very well set out and you are basically walking in a large crowd for the duration. It takes... More

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