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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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Going up up up.

Awesome hike, but going up is definitely a workout. But the top is the funnest part....gets nice and misty.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Awesome hike, but going up is definitely a workout. But the top is the funnest part....gets nice and misty.

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is a great trail that starts at Mist trail and ends up at the top of Vernal Falls. The trail continues if you would like to go to Nevada Falls. The key is to take your time and watch your step. Past the bridge there are uneven stones on the trail before you get to the granite steps. The... More 

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Tulsa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is a 1.8 to 1.9 mile round trip walk which is shown in the guide information as moderate to the Vernal Falls bridge but is seriously straight uphill when one ventures the the steps below Vernal Fall. Many large rocks to rest or catch one's breath amid very pretty foliage and views.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is a moderate hike, the paths are wide and open for the beginning part, but as you near the falls there are large stones to go up which if you have short legs is more challenging. When you begin to climb up near the falls the rocks become a little wet and slippery and there is no rail to... More 

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Portsmouth, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We are from NH and hike in our local mountains often. But the high altitude really made it difficult for us. The hike up to Vernal falls was worth it, tho. We only made it to the bridge, a popular stopping point, with great views, restrooms, and water. Many people continue to the top of the falls.

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Alamo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I love this hike. It gets crowded. It's a great place to stop and have lunch. It's sad to realize people have lost their lives by taking a photo on the rocks/rushing water. A photo is never worth a life. Enjoy the beauty where it's safe. The signs are clearly marked.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The hike from the shuttle bus drop off up the the bridge (from which you can see the falls above, and where there are bathrooms and drinking water) is doable by almost anyone in reasonable shape, even though heading up and up the cliff. The path is well paved, wide, and smooth. Continuing upwards from there, it switches to a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

we hiked up to vernal falls in the pouring rain and it was still magical. The stairs are very steep so if it is raining I would recommend proper shoes (which I didn't have).

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Although the park brochure describes the Vernal Falls Misty Trail as "Easy," don't be fooled. This is not a level, mild trail at all. Lots of elevation climb in less than a mile and, with the air a bit thin to begin with, it's not for one who's out for an afternoon stroll. That being said, we loved it. Once... More 

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Studley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We went up the falls, on our last day at Yosemite....so glad we did. The walk up is tough, the first 10 minutes is fine, then it gets steeper and steeper ! After an hour or so, we reached the railings, but decided not to go to the top, as the steps were very slippery, and too tough for our... More 

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