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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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Worth the steep climb

Very steep climb to get to the Vernal Falls Bridge, but it was beautiful and worth the walk up. Just plan to take some lung breaks on the way up, if you are so inclined.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Very steep climb to get to the Vernal Falls Bridge, but it was beautiful and worth the walk up. Just plan to take some lung breaks on the way up, if you are so inclined.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

It is steep uphill and back down, but the views are wonderful. Definitely do it in the morning, bring a lunch and enjoy the day!

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Reston, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I wasn't sure what I was getting into as I progressed along the trail to towards the top of the falls. It was SO worth the effort that it takes during the last portion where you climb and climb and climb some more. Once you're at the top, you will see why it's so worth it as well as all... More 

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Windsor, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Bottom of falls couple miles, top of falls you climb the wet steps and get wet. I've had several companions get a little scared on those steps. Very beautiful. Great lunch spot. Then keep going to Top of Nevada from there.

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Danville, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The mist trail is a steep stair-step trail that takes you really close to vernal fall. If you are here in the spring you will get wet - it is cold and fun and then you can dry out and warm up at the top of the fall. This year there isn't enough water to make much mist but it... More 

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Napa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Vernal falls is pretty easy access all paved water at the end. The falls are beautiful! It is a must do for all if you visit Yosemite.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Great short hike, although steep and there are many stairs towards the end. Can be slippery if approaching from the South. Keep going to Nevada Falls. Then keep going to the Dome.

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Pacific Grove, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The trail to Vernal Falls is called the Mist trail. It is lovely but be warned - it is straight up and straight down. 1 and a half mi of 1,000 ft. elevation gain and stairs. And VERY crowded even in the off season. My friend and I decided to take the easier but longer route back to avoid the... More 

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Redwood City, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The hike to Vernal Falls is advertised as "moderate" in the park literature; however it's a steady climb (starting at 4,000 feet in the valley), and all but the most fit will be huffing and puffing on the way up. It is a wide, well paved path with quite a few places to stop and rest though. In the summer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Wow. This is worth every drop of sweat you might have from climbing the crazy staircase at the end. If I can make this hike I assure you anyone can. Don't let it intimidate you. It's amazing and it will be something you will never forget. Just absolutely spectacular.

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