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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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A tough walk

The entrance to the trail is like a fairytale setting. Beautiful and appealing. The pavement and loose gravel make it kind of slippery in spots so wear good shoes. Had to stop... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The entrance to the trail is like a fairytale setting. Beautiful and appealing. The pavement and loose gravel make it kind of slippery in spots so wear good shoes. Had to stop and rest frequently. The uphill grade was tough walking. It was easier walking back. I made it half way up to the second falls and that was it.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Also reviewed at Vernal Falls. The mist trail gets you up close and personal to Vernal Falls. You may get a bit wet! The trail is in good shape with rock stairways to help you climb. The last section to scale the falls is steep but has metal handrails. A beautiful rainbow can be seen in mid-morning

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Oakland, California
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

You need to be reasonably fit to do this hike, but it's worth it! A spectacular view in a place of spectacular! Make it one of your day hikes and get out of the rut of Yosemite valley only!

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Maplewood NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Guidebooks may call this one easy. Parts of it are. Parts of it are not. Your will be going up inclines. Some are steep-ish. Some are steep. And some, to the top of the falls, are insane. Go in early morning to avoid the rush. Eat breakfast as soon as the cafe opens and hit the trail by 8am. You... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The trail was challenging and slippery. I joke with my friends about driving a 4x4 vehicle so I don't have to. Going vertical to get here was worth it tho'

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Wow, I need to thank the staff at our hostel for recommending this trail to us. Definitely a top highlight from my trip to Yosemite! The hike itself is amazing. It can get a bit tricky, slippery and steep in places. You will definitely get wet, but you will also definitely have an amazing experience with amazing views. It can... More 

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Alamo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The waterfalls are absolutely beautiful. The steps are pretty challenging. They are uneven, wet and steep. It gets crowded and you have to be very careful. I have watched the expressions and even though it's challenging and you are guaranteed to get wet, it is worth experiencing this trail.

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Dublin, Ireland
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We followed this hike and so glad we did - called the Mist trail because of the mist from the waterfall - you actually get to see 2 waterfalls and walk across the top and back round the other side incorporating Vernal Falls. It took about4 hours as it is very uphill but easy to follow and good trails -... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Most of our Yosemite trip involved trying to see as much of the park as possible so it entailed a lot of driving around. The most leg stretching thing we did was the hike up the Mist Trail from Happy Isles. It turned into the highlight of our trip and we are so glad that we took the time. The... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I did the Mist Trail as part of the larger Half Dome hike. If you miss the Half Dome lottery or are looking for something less daunting, the Mist Trail is a strong option. Many of the hikes I went on in Yosemite were predicated on views of the valley---sweeping panoramas. The Mist Trail, on the other hand, is great... More 

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