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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 2 days ago

We first hiked to the Vernal Fall Footbridge, which is 1 mile from Happy Isles shuttle stop. It climbed 300-400 feet in elevation and was fairly crowded as it shares with the Mist Trail, Nevada Falls and Half Dome hikes. Leaving family members to enjoy...More

Thank Rebecca L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Mist trail is a fun hike for nearly all ages that enjoy good health. wake up early and be there before 7 AM if you want to enjoy the trail with not a lot if people. It is up hill so think if that is...More

Thank TlvGilad
Reviewed 4 days ago

Iconic view made for beautiful photos. The trail is easy. We say many small children on the way up and down.

Thank jen1214
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a interesting hike, but so worth it at the end. Suggest you tackle this in the morning, before the weather warms up. and, the crowd grows. Awesome views!

Thank Frank D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Simply amazing!! Tips: Take lunch (at least snacks), 2-3 ltr water per person. Don't come back from Vernal falls. Go to Nevada falls as well. 2-3 hours more hike but absolutely worth it. When you come down, take the longer route to avoid the stairs....More

Thank Adib S
Reviewed 1 week ago

went with family and the hike was awesome ! by the time we were close to the waterfalls, we were able to experience seeing a beautiful rainbow the closer you are to the waterfall the more it get slippery, make sure you wear comfy shoes...More

Thank AliaImam
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm middle aged and slightly out of shape so I found the steepness of this hike to require frequent breaks. My twenty five year old daughter had no difficulty. I didn't research the hike beforehand so I wasn't expecting to get wet on part of...More

Thank BHA62
Reviewed 1 week ago

Vernal Falls was one of the highlights of our trip. The Mist Trail brings you up pretty close to the falls and there are areas on top of the falls to sit, relax and eat lunch.

Thank steven P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A long walk for a family of four that was a bit tired by the end of long walking day already. But it was beautiful!!

Thank Kay343
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family hiked Vernal Fall yesterday around mid-morning (quite crowded!) and had a great time! It was so beautiful and the kids (8, 10, 12 and 13) did just fine!! We weren’t quite sure if it was worth it to keep going all the way...More

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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