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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  • We did the mist trail up to Vernal Falls and then took the John Muir trail up to Clark point and back down to the trailhead of the mist trail. The first part was on a flat surface but quite steep so r...  more »
  • Hard and steep in some spots. If with family, take it slow and easy. Certainly a beautiful spot, yet not exceptional enough risk injury. We stopped along the way, took breaks, and made it fine. We pre...  more »
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