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Mist Trail

Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Type: Trails
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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Alta Loma, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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69 reviews 69 reviews
49 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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Long Beach, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Wear good shoes and watch where you step. It's a beautiful trail, though a little slippery. Take your time and be prepared to deal not just with crowds, but with crowds of people who thought it was wise to hike this in flip flops. Beautiful views!

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Hilliard, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Yosemite NP Guide indicates this hike as a 3 mile round trip, strenuous, 1,000 ft gain hike to the top of Vernal Fall. What makes this a strenuous hike is the steepness of a stretch of the trail after you cross the footbridge and continue on. It is steep and rocky with "stairs" cut into the rock of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Spent three days in Yosemite and this is by far my favorite place. The views are breathtaking. My wife and I hike regularly and we did the hike pretty easy. The are some rough spots but if you take your time it's fairly easy. Make sure you take plenty of water. The waterfall is amazing and the mist feels good... More

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Trenton, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

After reading the previous reviews on TripAdvisor, I knew this was a hike I wanted to do. I was not expecting it to be so steep. Not really a big deal for us since we are all in shape, but the hike took much longer than I expected. It was also pretty crowded, so getting back down took a lot... More

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Byron Bay, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Awesome day hike - really good views, pass by a few massive waterfalls which were pumping because of snowmelt, was a sunny day so it really was "WoAOOW Double rainbow all the waaAY" need to be moderately fit and have good walking shoes. Take a light snack and some water. Just a perfect active day out.

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chagrin falls
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Breathtaking (beautiful AND a steep climb!). Went on an overcast Thursday in late June. Lucked out and scored one of the last parking spots near the trailhead by 9:30. Think if it was nicer day - we would have not found a space there. Hiked with kids 6-14 yrs to the top of Vernal Falls. Took plenty of breaks and... More

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