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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.
Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful trail. I did not get as wet as I expected.But you should plan to. Bring plenty of water. It can get crowded on weekends

Thank ciganos
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a breathtaking hike but very steep and strenuous. Please don't bring young children. They won't be able to hike it and it's really not safe for you to carry them. For fit hikers this trail is a MUST!

Thank Pamela L
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was beautiful. We left at about 6:30, and it was busy and getting busier. Should've gotten up an hour earlier. Definitely worth the trek.

Thank jen1214
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's a ton of work to get here, but the experience is worth it. What a wonderful thing to see, first hand. Beautiful!

Thank Frank D
Reviewed 1 week ago

So the hike is ascending the whole way there. Make sure to leave at a good time as it gets busy and very hot. It's an easy hike, but take it slow since you're going uphill. Bring food to snack on at the top. Make...More

Thank hungryhipp0s4
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked this at the end of April, when many of the Yosemite trails were still closed for the season. So glad we did this, as the trail, and the falls are gorgeous

1  Thank NHtrailrnr
Reviewed 1 week ago

Trail is very popular and was getting crowded even early in morning. Beautiful views along the way. I had sinus/cold issues and was on medication, made it to the granite stairs and waited for other party to go and enjoy view from the top. We...More

1  Thank Tuxtails
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I along with our five kids (ages 8-16) did the Mist Trail. It is a very hard climb but is worth it. You are awarded with amazing views, rainbows, and an incredible view of Vernal Falls. Two suggestions. First, get on the...More

1  Thank steven P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the mist trail early one morning (started around 7:00) to avoid the crowds. I will say this, the hike up to the first bridge is probably the hardest part. The hard pack black top is killer on the knees. There are some great...More

Thank jeffrey w
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. It provided many great photo opportunities along the way. Our favorite view was the one on top of Nevada falls where you could see Liberty Cap and Half dome. The steps going up Vernal and Nevada falls...More

1  Thank Kate W
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May 9, 2018|
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Response from jenrivers23 |
Is it currently open? I’d heard it was closed. If so, is it dangerous going back down Mist?
April 26, 2018|
Response from PacificNWFamily | Reviewed this property |
Hi The Yosemite forum is very active. Questions are answered the same day. This Q&A feature has few readers. In spring, getting on the first shuttle of the day is usually a good idea. If you prefer an earlier... More
Michele N
April 23, 2018|
Response from PacificNWFamily | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The Mist Trail is the most popular trail in the Valley. If you can begin the hike very early, it will be less crowded. Coming down the John Muir Trail is usually easier and less crowded.