Mist Trail
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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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Amanda H
Plano, TX476 contributions
May 2022 • Family
We hiked from Happy Isles to top of Vernal Falls, then swung right up the Clark turnoff to reach Muir trail which we took back down. You’re uphill and then level out a picturesque bridge as you look up at the lovely waterfalls. Then you realize you have another 500 ft in elevation gain over 300 ft and 600 granite steps with the waterfall splashing you in the face and idiots stopping on the gravel stairs to take selfies and check their selfies oblivious of the lien behind them trying to climb up the waterfall. Also once you start the stairs, there is no sign telling you how many more to go, in fact you’ll think you accidentally climbed the Vernal fall, but then you see the top of Vernal and catch your breadth and tell yourself it was worth the climb. that’s when you look for where you’re supposed to hang right…you go further up, then you see the Clark turnoff, that is another 300 ft uphill!! Then when you’re almost done with it you see the search and rescue rangers at the trail head and alas..there is the downhill Muir trail that will take you back down and connect to the trail at that lovely bridge you saw earlier. It took us right at 3 hours and we were trekking it downhill. Fill up your water every time you have a chance!!! You’ll need it!!
Written June 10, 2022
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maybelater18
London, UK185 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Probably the best hike we’ve ever done as a family, we walked to Vernal Falls first and then on up Nevada Falls and back. C.7 miles, c3,500 total climb, c.4 hours walking but c.7 hours total with all the WOW view stops and a proper break at the top of Nevada Falls before following the John Muir trail back down (a little longer but less busy and not just retreading the steps you take up)

The trail is brilliantly laid out but it gets STEEP in places - not scary, just hard work.

We didn’t have reservations so had to get to the park before 6:00 which was earlier than planned (it’s before 08:00 Oct to April I think) but that turned out to be a good thing as we started walking at 07:00 and had 2 more hours of cool hiking than if we’d started at 09:00 and by 11:00 it was HOT!!! (August visit)

When we were arriving back at base at 2pm some people were just starting to hike (c98degrees?!?!) and even if they were only planning Vernal Falls I think some were going to struggle.

We do a bit of walking but aren’t super hikers but we LOVED this day and it was probably our highlight of 2 weeks in California that included some very special days in SanFran and Monterey.
Written August 18, 2022
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Super Simple Salty Life
Winter Garden, FL583 contributions
Jun 2021
This is an amazing trail that leads to Vernal and Nevada Falls. It is not for kids though! We saw so many young kids or people hiking with flip flops on, I hope they weren't going past the steps to Vernal Falls. It is not too bad of a hike to the bottom of Vernal and you can get a great view! But once the stairs get wet, and the trail gets crowded, it can be very tricky. More people die on this trail than any other part of Yosemite. We turned around once the handrail for the stairs ended, it was too crowded and slippery to go any further without something to hold on to. Still got some amazing pictures!
Written January 2, 2022
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Eric F
Fort Myers, FL139 contributions
Apr 2019
I have been to Yosemite twice and hiked quite a few of the trails. While I enjoy some of the short and accessible trails such as Lower Yosemite Falls, Mist Trail is the most spectacular hike in the park. I went on the hike with my brother and father. We left early in the morning to see the sunrise along the trail. Because this happened in spring, we had to hike an extra mile along a road to get to the trail. This area, of course did not have any scenery. Along the trail, we saw many rock formations that were very different from the famous ones such as El Capitan and Half Dome. However, they were still amazing. The golden sunbeams shining over the granite peaks were a fantastic sight. We stopped at Vernal Falls where we found that the trail was closed past that point, meaning we could not get any closer to the falls. This was because of rockslide danger and should be heeded as many have died from ignoring these signs. I believe this is a common problem in winter. The waterfall was still very cool. Overall, Mist Trail had tons of good views and sights. It is somewhat difficult for the young or elderly, but it it certainly one of my favorite trails in the national parks.
Written March 11, 2020
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wgm51
Albuquerque, NM113 contributions
Jun 2021
We had already done quite a bit of walking/hiking before we started up this trail (from the parking lot to Lower Yosemite Falls, then to Mirror Lake, then to the trailhead for this hike) since the shuttle buses are not operating this Summer. For that reason, I only walked up the the Vernal Falls footbridge - my wife did continue a bit further to the bottom of the stairs going up to the top of Vernal Falls. Even up to the footbridge, the trail, while wide and paved, is still quite steep and also pretty crowded. If we had been able to ride the shuttles to some of the trailheads I would have liked to go further up on this trail, but by the end of the day I had put over 14 miles in, so I was glad I decided to stop here. It was still quite a beautiful hike, and one everyone who is capable of should try and do.
Written July 6, 2021
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State97,907 contributions
Jun 2022
We headed up the Mist Trail with dozens of other hikers and walkers. The first part to the footbridge is paved and busy busy busy. The view of Illilouette Fall is an extra bonus.

The restroom at the footbridge was clean and had no bears (one was in the restroom last month.) We refilled our water bottles at the water station.

I was unhappy to see an off leash “service dog” scampering everywhere amidst her large group. It is unclear how she provided service to her owner (I could not tell who it was!) Hopefully she did not disturb any of the legal residents of the wilderness including lizards, birds, ground squirrels, and Western Gray Squirrels.
Written June 17, 2022
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JPatti1
Chicago, IL192 contributions
Jul 2020
Worth every minute of the climb! The first mile or so is bland upward climbing but soon enough the falls come into view and everything becomes so immersive that you forget about the continual stairs (and there are indeed large parts of actual stairs here). Even during this summer of extremely low water levels and an essentially completely dry Yosemite Falls by late July, both Vernal and Nevada Falls were incredibly beautiful.

Having been here during the rating waters of 2017, I can say that both flow levels have their appeal. The raging waters inspire with their power and rage whereas this year's more serene falls allow for a better appreciation of the beauty of the falls and their environment.

Really should be #1 hike in the park if you are up for the hike! Even the largely different trail back down to the valley has some great views of the falls, though it is the upwards climb that rewards you the most with its up-close and personal connection to the falls.
Written July 28, 2020
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Jonathan
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Jun 2019
First portion of the hike was a bit crowded, but slow pace is good for saving energy. Beautiful views kept improving; the "mist" eventually became more like a downpour, so protect the camera/phone. My 11-year-old and I thoroughly enjoyed the scene at the top as well as the journey.
Written February 4, 2020
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bobbyza
Phoenix, AZ313 contributions
Jul 2021
Considered a moderately strenuous hike covering slightly over 1000 feet in elevation change. The Mist trail is 0.8 miles to the footbridge (so 1-1/2 miles round trip) OR, 1.2 miles approx to the top of Vernal Falls(2.4 miles round trip) . Good ops of Vernal Falls from the footbridge. Also of note is that there is water available just past the footbridge to fill up water bottle. The second half of the hike from footbridge to the falls is considerably more uphill, but my wife and I in our mid 60's got to the base of Vernal Falls. Allow for 2 to 3 hours depending on length of hike and ability. Recommendation is to hike in the morning during the summer months!
Written August 7, 2021
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Joy_lee21
Grand Rapids, Michigan161 contributions
Dec 2022
We hiked this in the winter so the trail that going along the river up to Vernal Falls was closed so we followed the trail on the right up to the top to Clark’s Point and a viewpoint of Half Dome and Nevada Falls. The hike was strenuous, but doable. We did it just after the valley received 3-5” of snow. It was so beautiful with the snow.
Written January 5, 2023
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