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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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Nov 9, 2017
Jeff Hodge
Great hike. Rock steps on Mist Trail portion is like a ladder
Mar 19, 2017
Davoud Qorashi
I took John Muir trail to the Clark's point and then went downhill to the top of the Vernal fall.
Dec 4, 2016
Erika Terriquez
Been here in the past.
Nov 9, 2016
Erin Taylor
Oct 31, 2016
Jose Moedano Villar
Oct 29, 2016
Kaylynn Steffen
Oct 24, 2016
Randy K300
Oct 13, 2016
Diana Cerqueira

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