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The Mist Trail leading from Happy Isles to Nevada Falls

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Distance, Time,
Elevation Change

Vernal Fall footbridge:
1.6 mi./2.7 km round-trip
1.5 hrs with
400 ft./122 m. elevation gain

Vernal Fall:
2.4 mi./ 3.9 km round-trip;
3 hours with
1,000 ft./366 m. elevation gain
(via Mist Trail)

Nevada Fall:
5.4 miles/8.7 km round-trip;
5 to 6 hours with
2,000 ft./610 m. elevation gain (via Mist Trail)

At the base of Vernal Fall along the Mist Trail, the best place to see the rainbows and probably the best short hike in Yosemite. Start from Happy Trails around 10 am on a sunny day for the best views.


Portions of the Mist Trail and John Muir Trail closed in winter due to hazardous conditions.

Pets Allowed

Crowds -Very Crowded


Begin this hike at the Happy Isles Shuttle Stop Shuttle Stop 16. There you can fill up on snacks or water at the trailhead snack kiosks right at the Shuttle Stop area.


An excellent view of Vernal Fall is visible from the footbridge at 0.8 miles (1.3 km). Approximately .15 miles (0.2 km) beyond the bridge the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail diverge. To proceed directly to the top of Vernal Fall, follow the Mist Trail .25 miles (0.4 km) up a steep granite stairway of over
600 steps. The top of Nevada Fall may be reached by continuing 1.5 miles (2.4 km) along the Mist Trail. Nevada Fall may also be reached via the John Muir Trail (bypassing Vernal Fall). Portions of the John Muir and Mist Trails are closed in winter due to hazardous conditions.

This is the hike that almost everyone takes while in Yosemite, you don't have to be in great shape to do this hike, but it is a steep hike for most of the way to Nevada Falls, just take your time and bring some shoes that don't slip on wet surfaces. also, don't forget a rain jacket ro something else to keep you dry if you plan on going past the Vernal fall footbridge.

If you plan on going to the top of Nevada falls, the hike will get a bit more difficult as there is a very steep climb from the base of the falls to the top of the falls.


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