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

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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Santa Ana, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

While relatively short, was unusually steep.Gorgeous views of Vernal and Nevada falls and Merced river.

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Alta Loma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Take the Mist Trail on the way down from Nevada Falls. The steps are high and steep; very hard to climb up if you start the loop to Nevada Falls at the Mist Trail, instead of ending at the Mist Trail.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Let me let you in on a little secret. Be patient. We braved this most popular hike at Yosemite on Memorial Day Weekend and came out of the other end alive! Can you believe it? We took Mist Trail all the way up to Nevado Falls and came down through the John Muir Trail on the other side. This is... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The mist trail is very tough, but it was definitely worth the energy to make it through. Being perched on the ledge adjacent a waterfall was definitely a unique and impressive experience!

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Thoiry, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Not a good choice of hike if you are in mid-season in the middle of the day and hope to find peace and quiet and have the falls to yourself. There were probably 500 people or more on the trail just during the time we hiked it (mid-afternoon in June) so getting a photo without others in it was difficult,... More

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