Mist Trail

Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Mist Trail Reviews: 5/5

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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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wgm51
Albuquerque, NM108 contributions
Steep But Worth It
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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B.E.
11 contributions
Beautiful views
Jul 2021 • Family
Beautiful hike but lots of people on this hike! Would of course do it again because it’s beautiful, but be prepared for a hike with a lot of traffic!
Written July 4, 2021
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Michele
Seattle, WA48 contributions
Don't leave without doing this hike!
May 2021
It's called Mist Trail for a reason....expect to get wet!! We hiked up to Vernal Falls and then beyond to the top of Nevada Falls and looped back around on the horse trail. It can be intense at times, but completely worth the breathtaking views! This is a popular hike, so head out early if you want to beat the crowds!
Written June 14, 2021
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GerTravel42
Charlotte, NC41 contributions
Absolutely worth the intense hike
Jun 2021 • Friends
I absolutely loved this hike. It was quite a challenge with an elevation of 1000 feet but my highlight in terms of views and experiences. Only do this hike if you are somewhat trained and wear hiking boots because although it starts on a paved walkway, later there are steep inclines and slippery steps and gravel / rocky trails. We took Mist trail to Vernal falls which were full with water and we got soaking wet with the spray because you get so close. However, since it was 100° on that day, it was the best refreshment :) We then continued up many big natural steps, went under a rock “tunnel” to the upper end of Vernal falls. There’s a nice rest area along the river and bathrooms. We went higher up to Clark point where you could spot Nevada Falls. From there, we hiked John Muir trail back down.
Written June 9, 2021
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Dawne S
Oakley, CA9 contributions
Spectacular
Oct 2020
Was so happy that Vernal Falls still had water flowing in mid-October. First time I was able to climb to the top and down the boulders to the pond area below. Beautiful views, friendly people, but quite the workout hiking up there. It was so worth it !!
Written October 28, 2020
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S D B
Brooklyn, NY134 contributions
Great hike, harder than it seemed
Aug 2020
This is one of the more famous hikes to see the falls, though at end of august the falls are not as strong and the hike to it is alot more uphill than it seemed. At least go to the bridge if cant go all the way you can see the falls there from a distance. nice blue jay birds and chipmunks hang out there.
Written September 6, 2020
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Carlee C
66 contributions
Strenuous but beautiful
Aug 2020 • Couples
As a result of COVID the trail is currently one way, meaning you must make a loop via either Clark Point or up to Nevada Falls and down the John Muir trail. We elected to do the loop up to Nevada Falls and down John Muir. For us, we found this trail to be challenging but beautiful and worth it. As the shuttles buses are not running in 2020, we parked in Curry Village and walked in - which adds about 2 miles round trip (mile in feels like a piece of cake, mile back was long as we were tired!). Trail starts out paved with a series of long switch backs up to the foot bridge. This was moderately easy. At the foot bridge there is a water station to refill water bottles and a flush toilet. We then continued on to Vernal Falls with more switch backs and then up the granite steps. In August, we didn’t get any mist and the steps were dry and traffic was one way, which made it nice. Even with a lower flow, the waterfall was beautiful. We took breaks along the way to catch our breath and take pictures and enjoy the view. Some people were powering up the stairs like it was nothing - but we definitely had to take stops - the altitude and heat (even starting at 7am) made it more difficult for us. Making it to the top of Vernal Falls was moderate for us - and very beautiful! I can see why this is marked moderate - if we had turned around at this point it would have been. We continued to Nevada Falls - which started as a nice meandering path beside the pools and forest before you hit the next set of steep rocky switchbacks. They were much steeper and we needed some more breaks to get to the top. The top was beautiful and made the climb worth it! Took our pictures and stuck our feet in the water. For us, the track down was harder on our knees and legs than the way up. Despite the extra distance, I’m glad we did the John Muir trail, as I wouldn’t have wanted to go back down all those steps on my knees. We were definitely tired and sore by the time we reached our car. All in, I’m glad we did it and would have regretted it if we hadn’t done the full Nevada Falls loop. It was just more difficult for us than I thought it would be.
Written August 23, 2020
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JPatti1
Chicago, IL123 contributions
Should be top Yosemite hike on everyone's list
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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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,381 contributions
Beautiful, but strenous trail.
Jul 2020
We walk this trail every time we visit Yosemite. It is amazingly beautiful. The first part of the hike is sharp uphill along a rather large path. The second part is quite a lot of stairs. Depending on the weather and amount of water in the waterfall, it is possible to get quite wet on the trail. Keep that in mind if you are hiking during cold weather. In the hot summer, it is a relief! Once you reach the top, there is a large area where you can sit and eat a lunch or go near the fence to see the overlook of the waterfall. This is a strenous hike, but a beautiful one. If difficult, then just take your time. Note that it is a fairly crowded trail, so bring your masks (Covid).
Written July 21, 2020
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RG_WorldTravel
Los Angeles, CA517 contributions
Our Favorite Hike at Yosemite... so far!
Jul 2020 • Family
This was hands down our favorite and most challenging hike at Yosemite considering we were on a family trip. It starts off pretty easy, with a steady uphill, and when you reach the spectacular verbal falls, it’s approximately 600 steps to the top.
Most people take it slowly and stop along the way for photos.

Next you get to emerald pool which is a like a small lake where people stop to picnic and some also jump in for a swim. It’s signposted not to swim, but many people do, and while the water is very cold, it is very enticing. There are also some natural water slides on the opposite side of the pool where the granite rock is shallow and smooth.

Next is the hike up to Nevada Falls, which are taller than vernal and also very impressive. From there you can hike up to the top of the falls and across over to glacier point (I believe).

All in all an incredible way to spend the day, and be out in nature where beauty abounds.
Written July 18, 2020
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