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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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Worth the Hike

The hike to Vernal Falls is advertised as "moderate" in the park literature; however it's a steady climb (starting at 4,000 feet in the valley), and all but the most fit will be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Redwood City, CA
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Redwood City, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The hike to Vernal Falls is advertised as "moderate" in the park literature; however it's a steady climb (starting at 4,000 feet in the valley), and all but the most fit will be huffing and puffing on the way up. It is a wide, well paved path with quite a few places to stop and rest though. In the summer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Wow. This is worth every drop of sweat you might have from climbing the crazy staircase at the end. If I can make this hike I assure you anyone can. Don't let it intimidate you. It's amazing and it will be something you will never forget. Just absolutely spectacular.

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

It was a vast unexpected world with amazing topography up at the top... This was well worth the steep hike!! Make sure you bring H20 and some snacks to enjoy at the top.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Quite a strenuous hike up the top but completely worth it. I would recommend it to everyone that comes to Yosemite. Maybe not a good idea if you have children.

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Incline Village, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Quite a climb but well worth it to see this beautiful waterfall. You can view the fall from the bridge if you don't want to do the steps, but the views from the top are well worth the climb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The hike to the top of Vernal Fall is somewhat strenuous, but well worth the view from the top! A walking stick would be handy for the trip back down.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Oh my! Would be my #1 option when returning back to Yosemite. The hike was great. The ascent to the top of the waterfall can be tough but well worth it! Mist from the waterfall will give you a nice soak so be careful with camera equipment! I've traveled to multiple National Parks and Vernal Falls was one of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is a great waterfall to visit. You will have to hike to it and it's a bit challenging, but worth it. You can stop at the bridge about half way, but it's tiny compared to seeing it up close. Don't necessarily need to walk to the very top, but get close enough to feel it and you'll get some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Be prepared for the stone steps, or go the long way around for an easier hike. Beautiful scenery but can be a difficult hike and wet if falls are really flowing.

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Healdsburg, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Since we went in the early summer and the drought was(is) still taking grip, there was little water flowing. The snow pack that winter was minimal just like this year (2015). The hike is easy then gets sketchy as it gets narrow,steep and although it's out of stair-like stones, they're unevenly shaped and tall. Normally if the falls were in... More 

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