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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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Halifax
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Visiting Yosemite for the first time and on a slight time path, we were told to visit Mist Trail. And boy, I'm glad we did. Yes, its popular. But is popular because its worth seeing. To those people who complain its busy..hey, you're also one of the numbers! The walk starts off leisurely, gradually climbing higher. Some times on a... More

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kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We did the Panorama Trail, coming down from Glacier Point and ending with the Mist Trail. I highly, highly recommend this....8 miles, fantastic views, come by three waterfalls. Mist Trail is very aptly named...you will get soaked. We wore ponchos and I videotaped the hike from Vernal down. Yes, just like something out of a movie. Thunderous falls, heavy spray.... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

You start off on the trail thinking you are almost there but it goes on...and up! But you are rewarded with fantastic views. We went all the way up to the top of the falls, even with a 5 year old in tow. Be prepared for a hike, but it's well worth it.

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Groves, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This was a welcome to our hike to the top of vernal falls. I felt like I was in a King Kong movie. The winds carry the mist through the small arch getting through to the rest if the trail. It was extremely hot till we got there and were misted heavily with the water. Felt amazing. Be careful as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Went during March long weekend when the waterfall was almost full. Excellent hike! Breath-taking views. Steep climb. Since we started late, we only reached till top of Vernal falls and got back. Best part until there is when we are walking beside the Vernal falls. You get to experience a lot of mist and rainbows at a super-close distance! Would... More

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Palatine, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We enjoyed this hike up to Vernal Fall. Pretty much the whole trail is paved. It gets pretty steep near the top and you'll need to climb stairs to get to the very top. These aren't too bad to go up, but can be a bit nerve wracking coming down. The only downside of this hike are the crowds. This... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Not very strenuous, but still requires a decent effort. Almost a 1000ft gain in elevation. There are no great views along the trail, but the end point - Vernal falls - is worth it. I was lucky to be there when a rainbow formed at the base :)

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

No mist in august unless you branch off the path and get closer to the waterfall at the bottom. But still awesome. Steep climb to top...come back down the john muir trail for a less punishing descent

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Very nice trail to step up to Vernal and Nevada Falls. Good knees necessary for downward path (or choose another way down ;) ) Can be pretty full during the summer but everybody was friendly and could make his or her own tempo due to many points where photos can be made. Restrooms available at the falls, not sure about... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Be aware that this trail is steep, uneven, and slippery. Don't rush through this trail. Take your time, enjoy the sights and prepare to get wet. We hiked this in late June in the midst of an extraordinary drought year and still encountered soaked slimy stairs and got moderately damp. Definitely a unique experience and welcoming on a hot summers... More

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