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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Loved this hike, if this qualifies as one. Stunning scenery and views of the waterfall. We started it at approx 9am and found the low foot traffic good, however on the descent in the afternoon it was rammed, so recommend early start.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We LOVED Vernal Falls. It was one of my favourite parts of the park. For the average Joe, this isn't the easiest of hikes. Our kids (10-late teens) found it easy but my husband and I quite enjoyed the regular "Oooh! Look! Shade!" moments! We didn't bother going up to the top but spent about a couple of hours in... More

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Irvine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

During this hike is a break station where you can do a bathroom break and fill up your water bottle. You can watch the falls from a far view and watch little rapids while crossing a bridge. We decided to go all the way though. As you go farther and farther through mist sprinkles upon you from the giant waterfall.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Strenuous hike up the concrete/stone path up to the viewing footbridge, then more of a dirt track with a "lot" of steps to the top of Vernal Falls. Well worth the effort - absolutely stunning water display in March 2014. Went back in Aug 2014 and there was hardly any water. So time your visit to late Spring when the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This waterfall is on the Mist Trail Yosemite. Its just wonderful to stand there and enjoy the fabulous scenery after a relatively but not overly strenuous hike up the trail. I see that some people are calling this easy while others feel it was hard work. Dont be misled, the only people who would find it easy are the youngsters... More

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Chicago
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Hundreds of people climb this steep, but paved, trail. And thanks to climate change, when you get to the top, there's very little "pay off" because Yosemite's famous waterfalls are so reduced or dried up altogether. If you like to enjoy nature in crowds, you might like this trail in high season. If you're looking for a quiet retreat, after... More

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San Leandro, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

It was quite strenuous hike but once you are up there you can feel achievement. The view along the hike is so beautiful.

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Groves, Texas
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30 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is a beautiful and amazing hike. The hike to the foot bridge is easy. Make sure you take plenty of water. It is something out of the movies getting there. Beautiful moon bows and small off the trail places to rest. Take your time, as the hike/climb gets harder. The trail getting there is quite narrow once you start... More

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New York, New York, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It starts out deceptively easy but by the time you get to the 600 steps it is very challenging indeed! We did not make it to the very top of the falls but got close enough to get a great view, this is a strenuous hike! Disliked the fact that it was super crowded, of course this was the height... More

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

steep hike but wonderful view and refreshing waterfall. A lot of people were there but it is still breathtaking. And you can climb up higher to see more greatl things

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