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Mist Trail

Address: Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Type: Trails, Outdoor Activities
Owner description: Eminently accessible and popular, the Mist Trail takes hikers through Yosemite National Park to...
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Type: Trails, Outdoor Activities
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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Santa Barbara, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
29 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
45 helpful votes 45 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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98 reviews 98 reviews
40 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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144 reviews 144 reviews
75 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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91 reviews 91 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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