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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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Lake Hughes, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The trip to the top of Vernal falls was a pretty steep hike after the half way point. The squires are the top are very bold and will not think twice about getting right up into your face to request food, sadly they are used to being fed people food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We left for the walk about 9am. It is all sealed but a reasonable climb. We took our time and had lots of rests. There were fellow trampers everywhere-- and many very friendly ones who offered to take our photos. We only made it to the bridge but we felt we had succeeded. It was hot on our return but... More

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Terrigal, Australia
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This was recommended by friends and was totally worthwhile! Other reviews say that it is steep in spots, but I have to say that even though I am quite short, I did not find it in the least steep! The path is very well set out and you are basically walking in a large crowd for the duration. It takes... More

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Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Gets busy on the weekend.... so go early. Awesome that they put a bathroom and water re-fill station half way along the trail! Brings lots of water... it's steep and exposed. Areas of full sun can be very hot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We spent a day in Yosemite valley, before driving up to glacier point, we walked the misty trail. The vernal fall was at the half way mark ish. It was quiet a trek to get there but 100% worth it. You can get off the trail near the bottom of the falls to get right at the pool to the... More

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We actually have taken this hike in late spring when the falls are full but that wasn't a choice under "date of your visit." Anyway...do the hike...there is a great view of the falls from a bridge, and if you are adventurous, continue up Mist Trail to Nevada Falls and then take the John Muir trail back down. It will... More

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Going over Labor Day weekend, it is hard to find a waterfall with water going over it, but this one still has a decent amount. It is a fairly steep climb, but there are lots of spots on the trail to sit on the side and catch your breath in the shade. We just went to the bridge to see... More

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Martinez, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The hike is short in length, but strenuous. Take water and be sure to wear appropriate clothes and shoes. The mist trail is even steeper and precarious, but worth the trip.

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England
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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

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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