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Vernal Fall

Address: Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors
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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.

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Bendigo, Australia
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

walked both falls on 20 Nov, weather great. the 500 steps got the aerobic energy system functioning. maybe 2metres wide of water coming over, maybe more now since the rain. combination of pines and yellow oak leaves very nice. leaves falling rapidly though, wont last much longer.

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Walnut Creek, CA
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38 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Seeing Vernal requires a 1.8 mile hike --mostly uphill on the way in. Have been doing it for 50 years and I still enjoy every opportunity to stop and look up and look around in every direction. This year (November) the fall was just a narrow ribbon , unlike its typical wide booming self. This allowed us to go further... More

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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The trail is clearly marked and fun. The trail is fairly easy but there are a few "up hills" that can tucker you out. My advice is take your time and you'll make it, it's not a race. The views along the way are beautiful and the falls at the end are worth it. Have fun!

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Grafton, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We climbed the rocks and were close enough to feel the splashing of the falls. It's a wonderful site and a great photo opportunity. The rocks are wet though, so wear shoes with good grip if you plan to get close!

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Sonoma, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

When looking through the different hikes we could do - we decided to do the hike to vernal falls cause we were told it isn't too bad. We hiked only to the Vernal Falls bridge, I am not sure how long the hike would be to the actual falls but after that .8 miles I was done. Yea it isn't... More

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San Jose, California, USA
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is the lower of the two falls leading up to Half Dome. The light to moderate hike required is well worth it. Not initially strenuous...the ups and downs to get to you and may wear out some...but keep going. The view of and from the fall is very nice. Beautiful year round...but downright impressive with the snow melt causes... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Well signposted and well worn trail up. Lots of stone steps as you get nearer the falls. Noticeable that people coming down this way were finding the steps difficult to negotiate. In my view it would be better to follow the loop onto the John Muir trail to come back down. We carried on up to Nevada falls and joined... More

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Outer Banks
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69 reviews 69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Coming to see falls was a huge let down since they don't flow this time of year. Seeing where they would be was a let down-big time. The hike to this fall is steep, some may say it is easy but beware, it is steep going and coming back down.

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Gainesville, FL
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117 reviews 117 reviews
32 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Shortest path was through Mist Trail (~2 miles one way). The seasonally dry path had its steep and challenging points; more so if the rocks were (usually) wet with heavy mist. We visited this autumn when the water was greatly diminished and the mist was not as felt. Regardless, the trail's ascent was both strenuous and potentially hazardous; but quite... More

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Burlington, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I was pregnant at the time of our visit so we didn't make it up the full trail, but it is beautiful even if you get to the bridge underneath the falls. It is quite a steep upwards hike so be prepared! When you get back down there is a lovely creek that is nice to dip your feet in.

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