Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park

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    Vernal Falls

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The 317 foot Vernal Falls are one of the many powerful waterfalls within Yosemite National Park, not visible from the main valley but reached via Mist Trail:

    Starting point: Happy Isles (shuttle stop #16), Distance: 3 miles (4.8km) round trip, Strenuous; 1000ft (300m) gain, hiking time: 2 to 4 hours round trip, Notes: weather permitting; closed in winter

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    Vernal Falls

    by Jim_Eliason Written Sep 30, 2010

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    About 2 miles up the very popular Mist trail is Vernal falls. The hike is short but the trail is very steep in places.

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    Nevada Falls

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Sep 30, 2010

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    Further up the mist trail is Nevada Falls. This one is for more serious hikers only as the trail is steep long and there is no water source beyond the rest stop before Vernal Falls

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    Vernal Falls

    by vichatherly Written Aug 31, 2010

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    A good place to aim for a mornings hike.

    We took four hours to get up the top and back again to the Valley at a leisurely pace.

    Be prepared to get wet in June. You'll soon dry out. 

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    Waterfalls in Yosemite National Park (2)

    by JanPeter74 Written Apr 21, 2004

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    Vernal Falls in spring/early summer

    The pic to the left shows Vernal Falls they way it looks like in spring.

    Compare it with the previous tip.

    By the way, this pic is not my own. I "borrowed" it for educational purposes ;-)

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    Vernal falls in the Autumn

    by jessicadf Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    Just a long trickle

    October 2000 and the Vernal Falls were but a trickle. Being my first time on the trail, I wondered why the last stretch was called the Mist Trail, rather than Cardiac Trail.

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