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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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Reviewed December 2, 2018

Hiked down the Mist Trail at the end of a three day loop from the Village, surrounding lakes, Hoffman, Cloud's Rest and Half Dome. Very beautiful scenery. I would rather go down than up. But it is challenging on the knees. Crowded in the summer.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank returnmetokaneohe
Reviewed November 29, 2018

We did this trail and were expected to get soaked so we dressed accordingly. That said, we dried off really fast so we were glad we didn't over do it on the weather gear in prep of this one place that gets you wet.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank KRM210
Reviewed November 5, 2018

get an early start (before 9:00) to avoid the crowds. The crowds thin out after you get to the Vernal Falls bridge. The mist trail takes you to the top of Vernal Falls for a spectacular view. it's a hike of moderate difficulty. Either continue...More

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

The last half of this hike is strenuous and while most reasonably fit people can make it, you will need to stop every 50 steps up, to rest. The upside is that you will want to stop frequently to take pictures anyway. The summit is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gafilpoo
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Nice view, the path is really enjoyable, with gorgeous landscape, the color of the trees from gold to green, the breeze moves the leaves and makes a song to your senses. Gorgeous.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rosanna B
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

We don’t do a ton of hiking but knew this was a hike we just had to do during our stay in Yosemite! The views were stunning and there really isn’t anything quite like it. But oh man, it was pretty hard. The incline (which...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank sajephotog
Reviewed October 15, 2018

I thought the description must have been wrong, 3 miles I think, and about 2-3 hours. But it was right, most of this walk was a steep up hill to see two waterfalls but you can go even higher to see a waterfall at its...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Paul M
Reviewed October 10, 2018

I'm always a little reticent about doing routes which may have steep drops as I'm nervous of heights. However, although there were some steep drops the path was very well constructed and I never felt in any danger. The views were good from the top....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank carolandjohn2015
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

We started our tour at 10 am and it was really quiet and less visitors around. The fresh and cold air smelled so good.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank steelriver2014
Reviewed October 4, 2018

There was no mist at this time of year making the walking less slippery. I'd bring walking sticks anyway since much of upper trail is steep. The falls were quite sparse due to the drought but still lovely, more like a version of bridalveil falls...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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jenrivers23
May 9, 2018|
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Is it currently open? I’d heard it was closed. If so, is it dangerous going back down Mist?
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breezy135
April 26, 2018|
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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
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Michele N
April 23, 2018|
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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.
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