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Mist Trail

Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Owner description: Eminently accessible and popular, the Mist Trail takes hikers through Yosemite National Park to Vernal Fall Bridge, the best place to watch the... more » Owner description: Eminently accessible and popular, the Mist Trail takes hikers through Yosemite National Park to Vernal Fall Bridge, the best place to watch the waterfall. « less
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New Jersey
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16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Beautiful hike and climb. Be aware, it only gets steeper as you go up. The trail can get crowded...it is a very popular one. Recommend you take a walking stick. Don't do this unless you are in moderately good shape.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Trail hugs the falls and river so the view is amazing. Much of the trail itself is steep, granite steps. Not for the unfit.

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San Francisco, California
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46 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This trail leads to Vernal Falls and can be used by Nevada Falls and Half Dome hikers. There are a lot of uneven stairs at the end part of it. Coming down requires a lot of concentration. Nice, scenic trail but strenuous. TIP: Wear a pair of sturdy hiking shoes.

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Truckee, California, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We came down the Mist Trail to the Valley after climbing Half Dome. I would not recommend doing this--it is a tricky descent with many steps and slippery conditions. Not the best for tired legs, feet, and brain. It requires concentration and strength to avoid falling. I DO recommend coming down the John Muir Trail.

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Toronto, Canada
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21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This trail was easy and quick, about a half day hike. The falls are quite beautiful and definitely something that can be seen with children. However, it began raining on the descent, which became quite dangerous on the slippery rocks, so be aware of weather conditions. Additionally, the large crowds made it difficult to truly appreciate the hike and the... More

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Berkeley, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Going through the mist area on the way to Nevada Falls in so much fun! If you are hot and tired from hiking, it's refreshing. Just take you time to be safe.

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La Jolla, California
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19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The steps are a bit precarious when wet, but keep a solid footing and the views are completely worth it, whether you stop at Vernal or go all the way to nevada, or even further toward Little yosemite Valley and Half Dome.

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Seattle, Washington
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The Mist Trail is one of the most popular trails in Yosemite NP for several good reasons. It's easily accessible, starting at Happy Isles Trailhead - Shuttle stop #16. It offers close up views of two of the parks most majestic waterfalls. It showcases numerous geological features. It's relatively short 2.4 miles RT to the Top of Vernal Fall or... More

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Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The hike was gorgeous but give yourself some time. I'm not the strongest person but I have determination. But I tried to do it too fast to beat the setting sun and killed myself. The trail is steep and slippery at times. That being said, I highly recommend you push yourself and do it!

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Pleasant Hill, California
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17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

If you only have a couple of hours to hike out of the Yosemite valley floor this is a good hike. You will get wet along the way, it will be crowded, and hiking poles are recommended, especially if you are returning down the trail from the top of Vernal Falls. But, you will never forget this experience!

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