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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 3 days ago

When my family visited Yosemite, the Mist Trail was our favorite hike. There were plenty of amazing views to enjoy along the way, and the waterfalls were extremely pretty to look at from below or above them (depending on how far you decide to go...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Mist trail from Happy Isles up to Vernal Falls is probably the best trail I've hiked. It was so much fun! The section up the steps with Vernal Falls in front of you is amazing. Be warned though that the trail is steep and...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a challenging hike and not to be taken lightly. Very steep and you are out in the open for most of the hike. The views are magnificent and the sound of the rushing water is not to be missed. One word to the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank mwbudd
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the wettest Mist Trail hike ever. By the time we reached the 1/2 way mark we were drenched. The rocks were very slippery and the ascent wasn't as bad as the descent, but it was well worth it as the falls were at...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank legsbell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although it was busy during Easter week the waterfalls were amazing. I was surprised how many people were managing the walk at their own pace. Most seemed to make it to the first falls but it was steps all the way to the second falls....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Rosemary W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Now this trail is not easy, when I say that, I don't mean it's vertical climbing, but it's a long walk up and you will get tired. I didn't find it dangerous, just very tiring. The views are spectacular and we'll worth the trek.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank s r
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really like the trail to see the falls. Some steep sections and slippery in sections. We didn’t go right to the top (close) a tad too slippery without poles and a few too many impatient peeps for me. Still happy with what we saw though....More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank juliesK1865FA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The mist trail is an iconic hike in Yosemite. The trail starts from the John Muir Trail (JMT) trail head near the happy isles shuttle stop. You can park your car at either the Trail head parking lot which usually gets full by 8:30 AM...More

Date of experience: April 2019
3  Thank srinageshv
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I've hiked the Mist Trail several times now, but it never gets old. Simply stunning. If you're looking for a shorter hike (under 3 miles), then the hike to Vernal Falls is the one to do. Couple of pointers: This is a very popular hike...More

Date of experience: April 2019
3  Thank jabokrbrown
Reviewed April 14, 2019

Beautiful and challenging, especially with the snow that’s still on the ground in places. But all your hard work will pay off once you see some of the incredible views of Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls from various angles. The sounds coming from the streams...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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March 29, 2019|
Response from PacificNWFamily | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are a few spots with outhouses. The National Park website includes this information in its description of the Vernal Fall & Nevada Fall hike (Mist Trail up and John Muir Trail down.) "Restrooms are located at the... More
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