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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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Be prepared for the stone steps, or go the long way around for an easier hike. Beautiful scenery but can be a difficult hike and wet if falls are really flowing.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Be prepared for the stone steps, or go the long way around for an easier hike. Beautiful scenery but can be a difficult hike and wet if falls are really flowing.

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Healdsburg, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Since we went in the early summer and the drought was(is) still taking grip, there was little water flowing. The snow pack that winter was minimal just like this year (2015). The hike is easy then gets sketchy as it gets narrow,steep and although it's out of stair-like stones, they're unevenly shaped and tall. Normally if the falls were in... More 

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We decided to do the Liberty Cap and Vernal Falls hike. The hike I thought was fairly easy to moderate do wear hiking boots and bring water. The falls is worth seeing along with Liberty Cap.

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Itajai, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Moderate walk to there! But it's amazing the nature and the fall. Take much water and enjoy the walk

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The hike to Vernal Falls is great - a little challenging without being too much and absolutely STUNNING! Do bring water, sensible shoes and a sweater. In the shadows it can get cold while when the sun's out, it gets pretty warm. And bring a camera because you'll want to snap photos every step of the way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is tough for us 55 plus unfit women but well worth the effort. It is unbelievably stunning. The hike up was tough and the stair at the second stage unrelenting. The hike down also very tough as you use muscles that are not accustomed to this. it is a definite challenge but you will NEVER regret the effort. Don't... More 

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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

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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