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“Our favorite Yosemite trail” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vernal Fall

Vernal Fall
Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors
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Owner description: Though not as tall as Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall is popular for the green foliage that surrounds it year-round and the rainbow mist it produces as the water cascades.
Memphis, Tennessee
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Our favorite Yosemite trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Epic day for our family ages 9-45. Go all the way to the top. The bridge is the midway point... Many seemed to think it was the end point. Keep going...it's worth it. Take a water bottle per person and you can refill your empty at the bridge fountain. Do not wear flip flops (what were those people thinking?!) its a paved hike with steep inclines and fast elevation and then more uneven ground after the bridge but, totally doable if you go at your own pace. take safety seriously at the top. Ranger told us 3 people had died accidently going over the falls this season.

Visited August 2013
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“Lovelly fall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The fall was very small in water bacause of the season (Autum). Even though the day was perfect and the view of the area was amazing. We got an unique experience because there were almost nobody around the fall (it was only one day after the end of the government shutdown).

Visited October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“crowded”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

elbow to elbow up the near end of the train to the head of the falls. People wearing inappropriate shoes did not help slow things down.

Visited July 2013
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Santa Cruz, CA
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“My only 4 star review of Yosemite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Vernal Falls are beautiful, but it's a hiking superhighway. Go past the bridge to the Mist Trail for even greater views and to get a little wet. Would be 5 stars easy if there were fewer people than a NY sidewalk.

Visited August 2013
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Alameda, California
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“Rainbow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

The hike up is steep and challenging for a sedentary office worker but worth the trek for the gorgeous rainbow i saw at the top.

Visited September 2013
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