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Weekday Mist Trail Closure Starting 9/7

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A section of the Mist Trail from the John Muir Trail junction (just uphill from the Vernal Fall footbridge) to the top of Vernal Fall will be closed Mondays through Fridays from September 7th to November 4th between the hours of 6:30 am and 4:00 pm. I think Half Dome hikers will be able to use the Mist Trail since they usually set out by 5:30 or so.

The trail should remain open on weekends.

It is possible that the trail will be closed overnight once in awhile - check the gate. Here is a picture of the gate

https://mrhalfdome.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/mist-sign-closed.jpg

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Here is a (winter) trail map. The part of the Mist Trail that will be closed weekdays in Sept, Oct, & Nov is the the red "Trail Closed" close to the river. The other red "trail closed" that is left (uphill) of Clark Point is open; that's the John Muir Trail. This is just the best map I could find; sorry it's not entirely accurate.

www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/vernalnevadawinter.htm

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Thanks PacificNWFamily! We're planning on doing the Mist Trail on our last day in Yosemite, Saturday, September 11. Hopefully, it will be open. Are they doing construction during the week days? I've seen several mentions that this hike should be done early in the morning, since it's a very popular trail. What time would you recommend getting to the parking lot? Is the Hiker's Lot past Curry Village where you would recommend we park?

Edited: 19 August 2021, 09:37
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Hi

The construction should not be happening on the weekend.

Yes, the Hiker's Lot is past Curry Village. I don't know if it will be full. See the maps in the Top Questions on the right.

Start at a time that works well for you. I'd start by 8 am at the latest, but this is your hike. :) I hope you enjoy your day.

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Thanks much!

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Bumping for fall hikers.

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Anyone know if the closed section on mist trail starting in 9/7 will be open before 6:30am? Trying to see if we can still go up after 9/7 as long as we dodge the close times posted

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Yes. Open before 6:30. Closed at 6:30 (or probably around 6:30)

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Thanks for confirming!

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Here is the text of the possible overnight closures.............

"The trail is expected to be open overnight, however there may be certain days when trail crew is not able to make it safe to open overnight. In that case, the gates will remain closed, and signs will be posted at the two closure gates that the trail is closed."

Edited: 04 September 2021, 00:08
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Started this morning.

If anyone is in Yosemite Valley and can provide an on-the-spot report, it would be appreciated.

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We made it past the closure area before 6:30am today and it was after 4pm when we were heading down today so there were no issues. There was signage regarding the closure but didn’t look like any “work” was being done today. Full day after being lucky to score permits from the daily lottery.

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