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Vernal Fall

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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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A rigorous hike, but not too hard for us old-timers. Bring water and snacks, and give yourself some time. Beautiful and invigorating!

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

A rigorous hike, but not too hard for us old-timers. Bring water and snacks, and give yourself some time. Beautiful and invigorating!

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burlingame,Ca.
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Always nice to see Bridalveil/Pohono, in the native indian language. Be careful of all the onlivious pedestrians w cameras jumping out of RVs and cars on L and R side of road, PLEASE!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The hike to Vernal Falls starts at Happy Isles. The shuttle will drop you off there and you can begin your hike. Bring light clothing as the hike is moderately strenuous. What you can expect is an amazing experience hiking one of the most beautiful trails up the falls. It is almost a religious experience when you ascend the top.... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The short trail to Vernal Falls was closed for Winter so we had to go the longer route straight up the mountain via a series of switchbacks. Testing and tiring, but getting to the top was well worth it. We then walked down to the falls and it was beautiful. The whole walk took us about 4 leisurely hours with... More 

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Great, uncrowded hike in January ! The Falls are beautiful to see half-frozen. It was refreshing to hike this almost alone at 27 degrees.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We almost made it to the top but had to turn around as the icicles were falling upon us. The steps were cover with ice and extremely slippery.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This was a very nice and scenic hike up a somewhat reasonable hill. It did get steep in areas but only for a short period. The free bus drops you off near the bottom of the hike and off you go. We loved it

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Flourtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A short 3 mile walk up a genital grade until you hit the steps and the mist trail. It had just rained and there was some water over the falls, but not enough for mist.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

the improved trail was perfect,very well done it used to be dirt and rocks,now theres beautiful granite sones and a nice smooth trial

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Silicon Valley, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Just be aware of the steep hike up. You will get great views of the falls bottom, middle and top. On the day we hiked, it was cool and it drizzled every now and then. I heard it will be hot and crowded in the summer. Today, very few people. All in all a pleasant hike!

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