The reason to hike up to the top of Vernal Falls is simply because if you haven`t done it before it`s almost like you really haven`t seen Yosemite. Climbing to the top of Vernal Falls gives you a real feeling for the grandeur and immensity that has shapped Yosemite.
I took a group of 30 YMCA kids back in 1992 to the top. At first, most of them didn`t want to go, but after they did they thanked me so much for convincing them to do so. Only 2 kids stayed behind down below with a counselor. They`ll never know what they missed.
My wife and I climbed to the top, took a rest and then we headed on for more... Nevada Falls.
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 ;-)
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.
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
About 2 miles up the very popular Mist trail is Vernal falls. The hike is short but the trail is very steep in places.
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.