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Vernal Fall

Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls
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... more » 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. « less
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Menifee, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

It was fun, but scary to do with my 8 year old. As you approach the top on the granite steps it can be slippery and misty but well worth the view at the top.

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Sarasota, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Its worth the trek to the top of the Vernal Falls for both the view and a surprising place to relax and picnic next to a large pool of water. The walk is steep yet doable and plenty of small kids seem to make it no problem.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

During my trip to Yosemite, I visited all of the big 3 waterfalls in the valley: Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls, and Vernal. This one was definitely my favorite. Both Bridalveil and Yosemite were pretty small due to the current drought, but Vernal was still satisfying wide and "misty". Don't stop at the bridge! Instead, take the Mist Trail up to... More

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Moderate hike to great view of the falls by way of the mist trail. Stayed cool in the mist from the falls and saw great rainbows.

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Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

My husband and I did this trail early in the morning in June. It was the best thing we did on our two week road trip around California. We hiked Vernal falls to Nevada falls and took the muir woods trail back down. It is a unique trail as it has amazing views throughout the trail, as opposed to many... More

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Kalamazoo MI
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Hate to give it a low rating, but somebody needs to tell visitors the true feeling of visiting this wonderful place. The parking to the trailhead gets full by early morning hours. Take a shuttle bus from one of the parking/visitor areas. It is a quick ride to trailhead. Once you get there, it is 1.5 mile pretty much going... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Worth every step. The hike was paved until the end, where you had the option to climb some slippery stone steps to get to the top of the waterfall -- I would opt to do this --, and yes it was steep, but the vista makes up for it at the end.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

This hike was definitely difficult, if you took the trail past the footbridge to the top. It had steep stone stairs with narrow passage. So this hike is not for the faint of heart. However, the views are worth it! The falls were amazing and once you get closer to the top, you have spectacular views. There is also a... More

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Azusa, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

This hike is great. It is strenuous getting to the bridge, but it's totally worth it. The mist trail going up to the top of Vernal Falls is also strenuous, but if you made it to the bridge, don't give up! Make sure you bring snacks and water, it's an amazing hike.

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18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Nice hike. It provided a good cardio challenge, and you can go to the lower falls, or continue to the upper falls for more exercise. You get a nice spray of mist on the way to the first falls, and you climb up about 650 stairs, while marveling at the stonework that those before us have done. To just the... More

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