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Mist Trail

Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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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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  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Mist Trail is not to be missed! Whilst we would highly recommend this trail please be mindful that it is a moderate/ high intensity trail depending on fitness levels and is steep from the outset and throughout. Allow 3-4 hours for the round trip...More

Thank Jessgreen17
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the Mist Trail. I would say the hike was moderate difficulty. It took 2-3 hours. The views were stunning.

Thank Jamie W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This trail takes you all the way up to Nevada Falls. Quite aggressive in places but manageable. There are plenty of vantage points along the way that provide stunning views of waterfalls and magnificent peaks. Just take your time negotiating the narrow steep areas and...More

Thank BC W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is nice short trail,for the beautiful view of waterfall and enjoy all the mist ,stairs are tough to go but they are nothing as you will be rewarded with great views and experience.Should do it if you are in Yosemite

Thank Jafar z
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I did the Mist Trail, and I had to convince her when we were halfway, just past the easy part. We were there in April and this meant that it was still pretty cold sometimes, so there was quite some ice around...More

Thank j00st13
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The mist trail takes you right past the base of vernal falls. Be aware that the hike does get quite steep in parts and the mist area past the waterfall is slippery and wet. This trail is very popular and can get very crowded but...More

Thank RockieHazel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very beautiful falls. The mist trail is very short, although steep. So if you are older or have walking issues you probably want to stick with the level Yosemite falls trail. Everyone loves gravity caused water, so the trail is very busy with the observation...More

Thank Nomad_LA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is beautiful and spooky at the same time. We hiked it on the way up and down form Half Dome. Its steps will get your heat beating. If you go to Yosemite be sure to do the Mist Trail

Thank AMSadventuretraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had the pleasure of doing the trail with Wildland Trekking as part of the Yosemite Base Camp Adventure. Was a great trail but VERY busy. Also, due to the heavy snow pack, the falls were still in full flow - very cool but made for...More

1  Thank Sandra W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went late in the day (3 PM) on this hike, at the end of the busy season (Sept. 24), and it was still very crowded. It was tolerable though, and very beautiful. A tough hike, especially coming from the midwest (altitude), but honestly, the...More

Thank love2travel021
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28 May 2017|
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Response from Bigsurrunner | Reviewed this property |
Small children would be OK but take frequent breaks and keep them in front of you so you can keep an eye on them. There are steep drop offs so they need to stay in the middle of the trail. As far as using a carrier you had... More
25 May 2016|
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Response from i-am-evil-homer | Reviewed this property |
no , the mist trail is one of the simplest trails to hike , no tickets required , just pick up a map once you get there , you can also take the free bus to and from the base of the trail , all will be explained in the free... More
Corinne W
20 May 2016|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi I recommend asking questions like this on the Yosemite NP TripAdvisor forum page. The NPS suggests 5-6 hours for the hike. The Yosemite Hikes website suggests 5 hours. If you're descending the John Muir Trail, it's a... More