Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park

Surrounded by green foliage, Vernal Fall flows all year round, spraying mist onto the hikers climbing along its steep granite stairway to enjoy the scenery. Plunging from a height of 96 m (317 ft), the fall is accessible via several shaded trails passing along the Merced River and offering exceptional vistas across Yosemite Valley. The trails are fairly strenuous and slippery in places, so watch your step and don't cross the railings. Facilities include several restrooms along the hike and a shuttle stop with drinking water at the Vernal Fall footbridge. Using our world travel planner, Yosemite National Park attractions like Vernal Fall can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • very beautiful Rando made in July with beautiful landscape however constant climb all the way and especially in the last part on the waterfall where we are completely wet (it refreshed). the problem is the hassle to find a parking space and the long queues to take the shuttle that takes us back to the foot of the hiking path (Arrival in the valley at 11am on a weekday: 40 minutes to find 1 parking space , 1 hour and a third of waiting and commuting and 2:30 in return due to traffic jams). if I knew I wouldn't have done it, (or then I should have organized and left early).
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  • We loved the falls and the views we saw. But the walk was hard going. It was slippery near the falls and the number of people made if tricky to find a foothold at times. I would suggest going early in...  more »
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