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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.
Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful Falls even at the end of November. There is limited signage which makes it difficult to tell how far along you are on this hike. From the bridge view, the hike becomes much more vigorous but well worth the effort. Take breaks along the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bobbi_Cee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very well constructed trail with a few sections that may seem demanding. The views from the top of the falls are worth all the efforts. Its a must do when youre in Yosemite, you will talk about it for the next 20 years :-)

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Arkadiusz W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn’t go all the way to the top but even from the bottom it was a force of nature. In October the fall is not gushing with water.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Celine16868
Reviewed November 2, 2018

We hiked the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls in October. While the weather was perfect, there is far less water in the falls. It's a trade-off. Even with less water, the roar of the water pounding on the rocks is a fun experience all around.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gafilpoo
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

Great short uphill hike to a beautiful waterfall. It is described as hard, mostly because it is a steep hike. We saw a lot of people not in shape struggle on this one.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank OCDane
Reviewed November 2, 2018

We went to the Tree grove first when we got back had plenty of time to get this hike in. Steep but not to hard on the knees and easy going.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TracyGuichard
Reviewed October 20, 2018

This hike is classified as "moderate." I can safely say it should be classified as "strenuous." This is coming from a fit and active person. 98% of the hike is a steep incline. Once you get to the bridge, it's not over. The incline continues...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank james_4690
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

The waterfall looks fantastic. The climbing was a bit tough along the waterfall but the view from top of the waterfall was stunning.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank steelriver2014
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

After parking the car it was only some ten minutes walk up to the lower end of this waterfall. Very high and very steep vertical waterfall. Impressing, even if in October there is less water.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Carl-Henrik P
Reviewed September 26, 2018

We saw Yosemite, Bridalveil, and Nevada falls. Vernal was my favorite. It's a hike to get up there. Lots of stairs...and by stairs I mean rocks that have sometimes been carved into stairs and sometimes are just slabs. But it was beautiful! And you get...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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C.S. P
August 18, 2017|
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Response from davidbL5878OO | Reviewed this property |
You can get a good view of the falls before the steep stairs section, but you need to go well past the bridge. The paved path leading to the bridge is a pretty steep incline, then you need to go another half a mile or so... More
Donna L
January 15, 2017|
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Response from PacificNWFamily |
Vernal Fall is fed by the Merced River. It always has water, regardless of the snowpack or season. On average, the highest water level is usually May/June and the lowest water level is October. Yosemite Falls is fed by... More
Swetha J
September 1, 2016|
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Response from Ben S | Reviewed this property |
With my 9 year old and 6 year old, it took us a little over 4 hours. We also had 20 min at the top to enjoy the pool of water. We probably walked a slightly faster than average pace based on the amount of people that we... More
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London, United Kingdom
Comments welcome on planned itinerary (4 Replies)
Hi all, My partner and I are visiting Yosemite on May 6-8 and staying in Curry Village, we are travelling without a car. We would welcome any comments or suggestions for our plans, as follows: - Travel from San Francisco to Yosemite via AMTRAK, departing early morning and arriving into Yosemite Valley at approximately lunchtime. - Yosemite Valley floor tour in the afternoon - After the tour hike the sentinel dome and cook's meadow loop, enjoying the sunset on the way back in...More
April 15, 2015|
Response fromS P|
Try to visit the Ahwahnee hotel for a look. Or perhaps a cocktail on the back patio at sunset.
Mariposa, California
Mist Trail open from Vernal Fall footbridge to top of Vernal (9 Replies)
The stairs between the Vernal Fall footbridge and the top of Vernal Fall have reopened. Note...there's TON of water this year, and more coming as the huge snowpack melts. Good place to be sure to stay on trail...lots of slippery spots. The part of the John Muir Trail between Clark Point and the Panorama Trail junction is still closed (this is normal for the winter and early spring)
March 27, 2017|
Response fromShiloh8912|
Marmot, Let's hope it's not a high fatality year in the park, above average stream flows have a tendency to bring out the Darwin Award winners...
Southeast Texas
Status of waterfalls (6 Replies)
We will be in Yosemite early next week. By the looks of the webcam, it looks like Yosemite Falls is done for the season. Anyone know the status of Bridalveil? I've read that the Vernal & Nevada Falls flow year round, but is the Mist Trail safe for kids (youngest is a small 9 year old)? I've read some really scary stories about the Mist Trail. I'm also concerned that it would be too long/difficult for us in general, so I imagine that we would only make it to Vernal Fall, if that makes a...More
July 23, 2013|
Response fromPacificNWFamily|
Others were commenting about the "wispiness" of Bridalveil Fall recently. I am not a fan of the Mist Trail for a number of reasons, but it is a pretty one. I think the trail can be unsafe for anyone. Wear good shoes. Watch your step. Be aware of your surroundings including (especially?) other people who may be crowding you on narrow sections.