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Address: Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
Description: Eminently accessible and popular, the Mist Trail takes hikers through...
Eminently accessible and popular, the Mist Trail takes hikers through Yosemite National Park to Vernal Fall Bridge, the best place to watch the waterfall.
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Worth the climb

This trail is pretty steep in some places, but completely worth the hike. Every turn offers a different, spectacular view. The sound of rushing water is everywhere! A water bottle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

This trail is pretty steep in some places, but completely worth the hike. Every turn offers a different, spectacular view. The sound of rushing water is everywhere! A water bottle fill station is available a little more than half way up, as well as restroom facilities.

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Yosemite National Park, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The Mist Trail is a fantastically popular and difficult trail. I would venture to say that this is the most popular trail for tourists in the park. I have seen very small children and elderly people venture this trail - and I so commend them because this trail is definitely on the strenuous list. When you begin at Happy Isles,... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This is a medium difficulty trail to the top of the waterfall. The view is amazing from the top and the source of waterfall is just an amazing site.

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South San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

There aren't really any "bad" parts of Yosemite, but some things appeal to certain people more than other things might. The Mist Trail is a beautiful trail that will appeal to nearly everyone. There's the first part of the trail, which is a bit hilly but paved and can be accessed by most people of moderate ability, including families with... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
30 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We had never been to Yosemite before this trip (January 2015) and I had didn't know what to expect with the hiking. As I have premature chronic arthritis and bursitis I wasn't sure that I would be able to make any of the "sights"! Luckily I had found the Vernal Falls information and thought that it would be something that... More 

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

April in the mountains,it was red hot. bring plenty of water,no shops up here....a gentle stroll through the trees,over the bridge and up we go.it gets steeper but the views get better..Nevada falls,breathtaking. The Mist steps,bring a waterproof, steep and wet. then the jewel,Nevada falls. out on the rim overlooking it all, stretch out, have a rest. back via John... More 

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Redlands, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a beautifully kept up trail with good accessibility for all of moderate fitness. The upper mist trail is more tricky and slippery. Most people will want to stop at the view from the bridge.

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Canberra, Australia
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10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I walked past Vernal Fall and to a bridge on the way to Nevada Fall, then back down the John Muir trail. This walk is moderately strenuous but well and truly worth the effort.

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Walnut Creek, CA
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105 reviews 105 reviews
42 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Be prepared for narrow , uneven steps--which can be treacherously slippery when wet. In the spring if the fall is booming, you WILL get wet. Part of the fun, but it is cold too. Be prepared with a poncho. When trail is crowded there are narrow spots where both up and down traffic are competing for the same steps. Not... More 

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Los Angeles
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145 reviews 145 reviews
75 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We walked up to the falls on the Mist Trail, and rather than going back down the steep decline we continued on to Clark Point and returned on the John Muir trail. A fantastic hike.

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