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Vernal Falls and Glacier Point in same day?

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Vernal Falls and Glacier Point in same day?

We only have one day in YNP next month - coming from SF it won't even be a full day. Is it possible to do the Vernal/Nevada Falls hike then drive around to Glacier Point? Looks like quite a drive around there, but not sure how long all of that would take. We probably won't make it to the park until 11 am.

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1. Re: Vernal Falls and Glacier Point in same day?

Vernal Fall is a yes. Nevada Falls (going to the top of it) is doubtful as it is significantly farther than Vernal Fall and a strenuous climb. I don't think you will have enough time to get back down to Happy Isle and still drive to Glacier Point before day ends (the drive to Glacier Point from the Valley takes about 1 hour).

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2. Re: Vernal Falls and Glacier Point in same day?

There are additional things to add for time (assuming by Vernal Fall you mean hiking the Mist Trail. You can see Vernal Fall from Glacier Point, so if you just want to see it, don't hike in the Valley.)

Arrive at the edge of Yosemite Valley at 11 am. Slow traffic on one way Southside Drive into the Valley, find parking somewhere (Yosemite Falls parking?) Take your picnic lunch with you. Wait for the shuttle, ride the shuttle to Happy Isles.)

Hike (how far?) https:/…mist-trail.htm

Wait for the shuttle. Wait for a shuttle with room. Ride back to the car. Drive to Tunnel View & stop. Drive on toward Glacier Point. Probably it's late in the day by now (5 pm? 6 pm?) so there will be parking available at Glacier Point. Enjoy the views.

Where is dinner? Where are you staying this night?

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3. Re: Vernal Falls and Glacier Point in same day?

Yes, Mist Trail - we are staying in SF so this is just a day trip. That is the greatest challenge for us.

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4. Re: Vernal Falls and Glacier Point in same day?

What day of the week?

Are you really trying to get back to SF that night? Can you leave SF really really early in the morning? Or can you spend one night in or near Yosemite?

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5. Re: Vernal Falls and Glacier Point in same day?

Sunday I think...still working it all out. We might have a way to leave very early so that would allow us the time.

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6. Re: Vernal Falls and Glacier Point in same day?

Oh dear. Weekends are pretty crowded. At least it's not a Saturday, but Sundays are still tough.

I think picking just one area would make more sense with your limited time.

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7. Re: Vernal Falls and Glacier Point in same day?

I’m an Alabama girl and we found the suggested hiking times to be very conservative on the Mist Trail. We stated about 8:15 but probably weren’t acclimated enough yet to the altitude. We are slow hikiers anyway. Add cushion time. And PNW is right about the driving/traffic/shuttles. It will quickly eat into your day.

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8. Re: Vernal Falls and Glacier Point in same day?

Thank you all so much for your help!!!

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9. Re: Vernal Falls and Glacier Point in same day?

I found a Guided Bus Tour (https:/…) which offers a one way and hike back to Yosemite Valley. Does this help or will I still not have time for this and for Vernal/Nevada?

Not sure how long the ride up is and hike back down is...

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10. Re: Vernal Falls and Glacier Point in same day?

All of the tours are listed in the Top Questions on the right.

You can make reservations well in advance for the Glacier Point Hikers Bus. You need the 8:30 bus and you check in at 8:00. You get up to Glacier Point around 10:00 am. Then you hike 8.5 miles down past Vernal Fall to Yosemite Valley. You ride the shuttle back to your car. It's not a guided hike.

Can you arrive in Yosemite Valley by 8 am? If so, we can suggest a full one day itinerary that includes the Mist Trail hike to Vernal Fall AND a visit to Glacier Point.

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