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Vernal Fall

About the Hike

What to bring
What Is Provided

First aid

Water purification 

sun screen

bug repellent 

Liter Water bottle per person


Sun Glasses



Layered Clothing

Rain Gear

lunch and snacks

Why this Hike?

This is Yosemite's most popular hike. While many of Yosemite's trails are popular due to having a single spectacular destination, the Mist Trail has fabulous views scattered all along it, accopanied by a beautiful stone stairway leading you to the top of the unforgettable 317 ft Vernal waterfall.

Trip Specifics 

Length: 3-6Hours

Mileage: 4.5Miles

Elevation Gain:1000ft

Rating: Strenuous 

Meet:Half Dome Village, 7:00am


Cost:$120/person for 2+ people

2 person minimum 


This very popular hike starts at Happy Isles in eastern Yosemite Valley. The John Muir and Mist Trails offer spectacular, up-close views of  Vernal Falls, enjoyable scenery along the Merced River, and unique views across Yosemite Valley. This first paved mile of trail accesses the Vernal Fall Footbridge where we will begin the ascent up the stone stairs. Prepare for slippery footing and a tremendous amount of waterfall spray in spring and early summer. During spring, when the water levels are at their peak, you can also glimpse Illillouette Fall from this first section of trail.  At the top of the 317 foot Vernal Fall, you can experience jaw-dropping views of the mist trail and more!

Meeting Place

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