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Address: Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Description: 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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Strenuous but beautiful

Apparently this is one of the most popular hikes in the park. I am pretty surprised because it is strenuous. We saw lots of people doing it though. Must have something to do with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Apparently this is one of the most popular hikes in the park. I am pretty surprised because it is strenuous. We saw lots of people doing it though. Must have something to do with its location on the valley floor right near the camp grounds and it is easily the most fulfilling waterfall to watch very full powerful falls and... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Probably the most popular (lots of people on trail) of the strenuous hikes in Yosemite Valley. The reward is spectacular scenery, including but not limited to Vernal Falls. It is pretty right from the start with the Merced River on your right as you begin the hike. Several large boulders line the trail on the early part. The trail surface... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

You can feel and see the real beauty and serenity that nature has to offer when you reach mid way in your mist trail and see these falls!

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Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The climb up to the fall is strenuous. No doubt. However while climbing up the stairs the water must cooked your skin. See these amazing falls makes one really calm and enjoy the surrounding area. However I recommend going early in the morning. Before 9 am. As after that the trail gets packed with tourist masses. If you can take... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

walked up Vernal falls; long tiring trek. very wet and slippery near the top too. Need to wear the right footwear - don't try and dodge on this point. Great views and close to the next water fall, Yosemite Falls. Takes about 60 minutes to go both up and back down again. Gets cold and dark very quickly when the... More 

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College Park, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

There are a lot of steps, but you can do it!! At the Vernal Falls footbridge, there is a place to refill your water bottle, so take advantage of that. If you don't plan to continue on to Nevada Falls, I would recommend doing this either early in the morning or later in the afternoon so that it's not so... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

It was breathtaking and I am glad we did it but my legs turned to jelly on the way down. Amazing views…definitely lean over and try to cling to anything you can on the descent. The rainbow across the water was spectacular. There are so many photographic opportunities en route too.

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Stevenson Ranch, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The hike is short and the trail is paved. Very popular so there are a lot of people during the summer. It is worth seeing, especially when there is a lot of water!

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This hike was difficult, especially in the heat, because of the steep increase in the height. However, when we reached the falls, their beauty made it all worth it!

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This was a tough hike but well worth it. A ranger at the visitor center suggested that we take the Mist Trail up to the falls, then keep going a little farther to meet the John Muir trail to make a loop back to the trailhead. This was a great suggestion- you gain a little more elevation before you start... More 

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Address: Address: Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Yosemite National Park

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