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Vernal Fall

Address: Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors
Owner description: Though not as tall as Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall is popular for the green foliage that surrounds...
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Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors
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.

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Melbourne
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

This was a very nice and scenic hike up a somewhat reasonable hill. It did get steep in areas but only for a short period. The free bus drops you off near the bottom of the hike and off you go. We loved it

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Flourtown, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A short 3 mile walk up a genital grade until you hit the steps and the mist trail. It had just rained and there was some water over the falls, but not enough for mist.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

the improved trail was perfect,very well done it used to be dirt and rocks,now theres beautiful granite sones and a nice smooth trial

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Silicon Valley, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Just be aware of the steep hike up. You will get great views of the falls bottom, middle and top. On the day we hiked, it was cool and it drizzled every now and then. I heard it will be hot and crowded in the summer. Today, very few people. All in all a pleasant hike!

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Warren, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It's been years since I have seen the Vernal Falls, along with Bridal Veil Falls, which are both beautiful. The entire region is spectacular. The mountains, the air, the trees, the Earth. It's all gorgeous and wonderful to take in. Vernal Falls is particularly wonderful. The setting in which it's in is a little more intimate, and the colors are... More 

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Bendigo, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

walked both falls on 20 Nov, weather great. the 500 steps got the aerobic energy system functioning. maybe 2metres wide of water coming over, maybe more now since the rain. combination of pines and yellow oak leaves very nice. leaves falling rapidly though, wont last much longer.

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Walnut Creek, CA
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38 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Seeing Vernal requires a 1.8 mile hike --mostly uphill on the way in. Have been doing it for 50 years and I still enjoy every opportunity to stop and look up and look around in every direction. This year (November) the fall was just a narrow ribbon , unlike its typical wide booming self. This allowed us to go further... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The trail is clearly marked and fun. The trail is fairly easy but there are a few "up hills" that can tucker you out. My advice is take your time and you'll make it, it's not a race. The views along the way are beautiful and the falls at the end are worth it. Have fun!

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Grafton, Ohio
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17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We climbed the rocks and were close enough to feel the splashing of the falls. It's a wonderful site and a great photo opportunity. The rocks are wet though, so wear shoes with good grip if you plan to get close!

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Sonoma, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

When looking through the different hikes we could do - we decided to do the hike to vernal falls cause we were told it isn't too bad. We hiked only to the Vernal Falls bridge, I am not sure how long the hike would be to the actual falls but after that .8 miles I was done. Yea it isn't... More 

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