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A gorgeous waterfall at the end of a short, fairly steep, and wet hike (hence the name of the Mist Trail). This is a highly visited destination so don't expect to avoid the crowds, but visitors come here for a reason. With breathtaking views of the falls and the surrounding park, it's hard to know where to look!

From the top of Vernal Fall, you can experience stunning views back down the entirety of the 317-foot waterfall. Please respect the signs and railings and use extreme caution while you're close to any flowing water or wet rock in this area, as it can be slippery. The nearby Merced River is also a bit more treacherous than it appears due to a strong current and visitors should take care not to slip into the water.

The Mist Trail should provide folks with more than enough up-close-and-personal opportunities to enjoy this area.

Short Hike: From Happy Isles (shuttle stop #16), this is a 2.4-mile, round-trip hike to the top of the falls. Don't let the distance fool you, as this one climbs fairly steeply and the rewards are well deserved from the top.

Family Friendly: A short hike to an impressive and iconic waterfall with plenty to see along the way.

Gem Type: Waterfall

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Zander Göpfert

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May 20, 2018
Savvas Yiannoulou
May 7, 2018
Michael Robb
May 5, 2018
Yekaterina Drabkov
May 2, 2018
Devin Boyd
Bring a jacket and your ego
Apr 25, 2018
Anne Mccormack
Apr 20, 2018
AJ Atkinson
Beautiful hike up to this area. Very populated at the start. Mist Falls was amazing. Part of the John Muir trail is closed at that time we went.
Apr 19, 2018
Eric Phung
Nice hike - Mist Trail is Misty!!
Apr 12, 2018
Ferdinand Lemoine

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