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Mist Trail

Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Type: Trails, Outdoors
Owner description: Eminently accessible and popular, the Mist Trail takes hikers through Yosemite National Park to...
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Type: Trails, Outdoors
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.

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Walnut Creek, CA
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93 reviews 93 reviews
38 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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75 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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Ventura
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Yup - keep going up after you've achieved the bridge at the base of Vernal Falls. During autumn, the water flow is lower and you run very little risk of actually getting "misted" to death. I've done this one many times in the spring and, YES, you do get wet! The view into the valley from the top of the... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This hike is something you must do in spring, when there is lots of water in the rivers and the mist of the falls will drench the trail/ steps and YOU! But it is so fun! You do need to be careful because the trail can be slick and people have fallen and been injured. Wear good hiking shoes and... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

It is very exhausting. not difficult and rewarding. Although it is probably more rewarding in spring than fall. I really enjoyed being able to finish it.

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San Jose, California, USA
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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is the famous trail leading from the Yosemite Valley up to the top of Nevada fall. Take the "mist" part of it seriously, as you're likely to get wet during most seasons and drenched during the peak run off. Lots of stairs to climb...but beautiful vistas in every direction to help take your mind off the climbing. Make it... More 

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Gainesville, FL
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32 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This is a relatively short hike directly to the magnificent Vernal falls. "Short and direct" is compensated by the trail's level of difficulty. Listed as "Medium", it can feel intense after the cross roads between this and the (slightly longer path) John Muir trail, where the last set of restrooms are available. Stone steps at the steepest ascent are angled... More 

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New Jersey
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16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

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

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
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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