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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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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Nature at its very finest. The trail there is very popular. The fall is likely impressive in spring. The water flow was greatly reduced in autumn. Still...a great thing to see.

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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The trip to Vernal Falls was mostly uphill but once we arrived at the Falls, it was well worth the hike. Peaceful, tranquil but strongly suggest getting there early as the trip is much cooler and easier to complete.

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

vernal fall, the first fall you see on your way up to the nevada fall, great hike with a lot of steps. this trail was also very crowded and at some point you had to stop and wait for other people to move in front of you. But it didn't really matter, the view and the sourounding was so great.

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Both the 7 and 9 year old made the trek to the top of the falls without too much complaining;) Water was still flowing and quite beautiful. Overly friendly squirrels all along the trail.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The hike to Vernal Falls just over 3 miles roundtrip and is worth the hike. We were there in mid-October. Yosemite Falls was dry and Vernal Falls was much smaller than most photos show. The hike itself is a climb in elevation to a footbridge. After that, you hit a dirt trail for a while and then a series of... More

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Pasadena, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Unfortunately the wrong time of year to be here, but great place when there is more water. The trail is a moderate walk,but it is worth it.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Vernal Falls is a very nice and beautiful falls. There is a nice "sliver" of water. Even in October, water still falls. The upside in October is the not so many people. It isn't very crowded. The hike is an ~4 mile round trip via the John Muir and Mist Trail. The last part of the hike is just .2... More

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Stony Brook, Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Mist Trail is something everyone who comes to the park should experience, and as you find out, most do. Very crowded on spring and early summer weekends, but take it slow and continue up to Nevada Falls. Viewing them from Glacier Point is even more inspiring when you have hiked them.

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Clarkston, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

This hike is short, but not for the faint of heart or those not in shape. Trail is paved and worth the ending scenery!

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The mule ride took us to vernal falls but there's also a trail that is probably less time. Was very nice. The falls were away in the distance so not sure if you can get closer by hiking.

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