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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.
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Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Loved the trail. Due to the dry weather...not much of a waterfall! Make sure to take your camera....great shots! October is a good time of year to see this, not crowed at all!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank mary0527
Reviewed 1 week ago

I hiked this trail many years ago, but saw it from a different perspective whilst volunteering last spring. this trail is paved in the beginning, but don't be fooled. Once the 600 steep, slippery, narrow at times, unforgiving granite steps start, you'll be glad you...More

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

This trail was busy but worth the effort because of the waterfalls. The steps to the first falls were dry so we felt fortunate for good footing because it was at least moderately strenuous

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank blbayer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent full day at Yosemite park. The Mist Trail was one of the points of our journey. Very interesting place, the views are amazing as whole park. Information on the top level.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Leonid K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Depends on your hiking experience. I d rate it as easy but i can see why it is marked as moderate. It starts flat and then climbs quite a lot. The last part is slippery. If you want to reach the top you will have...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing views, lots of steps-well worth the effort! Go early as it gets crowded & harder to navigate

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 145bubbasmom2010
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is a very steep trail , mostly on granite steps and inclines - not easy on the knees and slippery when wet - especially in the spring. Well worth the effort if you go early and off season.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Susan S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Steep but beautiful walk to see the falls - it was popular and quite busy (with even teenagers stopping to catch their breath!) The start/end of the trail is by a free shuttle bus stop and some toilets, so convenient location.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank W0rdSmith
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed hiking the Mist Trail during a break in the cloud when the snow storms hit in May. We got the full experience - roaring waterfalls that completely drenched us and beautiful waterfall rainbows. We even picked up a few blisters along the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank tiff a
Reviewed 15 September 2019 via mobile

We have never been to Yosemite and researched a lot of hikes. This was one that was only 8.5 miles round trip. It was a strenuous hike going up to Nevada Falls. We came down the John Muir Trail because of it being less strenuous....More

Date of experience: September 2019
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30 March 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
9 May 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?
26 April 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