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The Mist trail (Vernal and Nevada Falls)- Yosemite

June 20, 2012

Location in park:
Near Curry Village

Driving Directions:
In Yosemite Valley, follow the signs to Curry Village. Curry Village is a good place to park, hike southeastish on Southside Drive until you reach the trailhead or take the free shuttle buses.

Entrance/ Parking fee:
There is an entrance fee when entering the park. Yosemite Entrance Fees

Sunrise to sunset- Shuttle buses run from


The trail is entirely up hill, making this a strenuous hike for a lot of hikers, but don't let that scare you from enjoying this beautiful waterfall. While hiking the trail I thought a much more suitable name would be never ending stairs, although mist trail is a very accurate description of the type of trail this is.

Trailhead- 4,000ft.
Total Gain-

Springtime is the best time to view these waterfalls but be prepared to battle the crowds!

Vernal Falls- 3 Miles round trip
Nevada Falls- 7 Miles round trip

Trail Condition:
The trail is in excellent condition, paved for the first section of this trail, followed by a stone stair ways to the top.

Trail Direction:
From the trailhead follow the trail as it heads up a paved road, eventually the trail flattens to reveal the bottom of Vernal Falls. Bathrooms are available. From here take the trail up to a signed trail junctions. Take the trail to the left past a small gate and continue on to the foot of the never ending stair case. As you get closer to the waterfall the stone stairs can become slippery, take your time. When the waterfall is at its peak season, a poncho is strongly suggested. To get to Nevada Falls take the signed trail near the top of Vernal Falls.

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Jessie's Thoughts:
Great trail for anyone who LOVES hiking up endless stairs, this is an excellent short hike but be prepared to sweat. The trail is all uphill, it starts off paved, becomes dirt for a short distance, then becomes an endless stair case to the top of the waterfall. ALSO bring a poncho, you will need it!!


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