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Vernal Fall

Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
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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... 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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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We love Vernal Falls and camping in Yosemite Valley. My husband & I got engaged on top of Vernal. Yosemite Valley is truly a hidden gem in California!

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Coronado, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Another beautiful fall in Yosemite. The hike is challenging but there's a huge payoff along the way and especially at the end. My husband says the views make him want to cuss outloud because he is so awed. The views here makes me want to sing that song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Yes, that good. Go and see what response... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The hike would have been easier if I had been aclimated to the elevation prior to this hike. The first portion is paved. The end of the trail is up the side of a mountain with no rails. It is slippery from the mist, so be carefull. The bathrooms are closed in winter, so bring a bag to carry your... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This was my family's first visit to Yosemite (and only my second). We have a couple pre-teen aged children. Both loved scrambling over the boulders of Lower Yosemite. After a lunch to rest, we began to hike Vernal Falls. The first part of the hike is relatively moderate but mostly uphill. We saw several young kids making the trek so... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

It's not an easy hike, but so well worth it. On a warm day, you can reward yourself by stretching out on the ground at the top and soaking up the sun. The views of the falls from bottom to top are spectacular.

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Aptos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The trail up to the bridge below Vernal Falls is 0.8 of a mile. While it doesn't seem very far at 3998 ft elevation and climbing all the way up your legs will really get a work out.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

The hike up to Vernal Falls is good exercise and quite a climb but well worth it. Lots to see along the way and a great view of the North Dome from the river at the trail head. The Falls were less impressive than I'd hoped due to the drought; but I'm still glad we made the hike.

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El Dorado Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Easily accessible trailhead from Yosemite Valley, the hike up to Vernal Fall is the start of the trail that eventually will take you all the way to Half Dome. Beautiful view of the valley, falls themselves were less impressive than they otherwise might have been due to lack of water coming down the river. Understand that this is not a... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

What a great day that was for us. After tightly holding on to her arm the whole way up the Mist Trail, we made it to to the top of Vernal Falls, posed for the camera and fought with the squirrels who were tormenting my lovely little lady.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Its my absolute favorite hike in Yosemite. When I was 16 we hiked to Half Dome and it was my first expirence hiking to Vernal Fall. When I went in May 2013 we just hiked up to Vernal but it was an amazing expirence. We hike up and had lunch, met a furry squirrel and took in all the views.

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