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Mist Trail

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Mist Trail

Length5.8 mi
Elev. Gain1190.6 ft
Est. Steps13000
Created by bellaboba79
Mist Trail is a 5.8 mile (13,000-step) route located near Yosemite National Park, California, USA. This route has an elevation gain of about 1190.6 ft and is rated as hard. Find the best walking trails near you in Pacer App.
WOW! just WOW! Such a beautiful hike. I recommend doing this hike early. We left our house at 3am and arrived at Yosemite at 6am. We started our trek around 6:20 and finished at 11am. we added over 2 more miles to our hike because we hiked down the John Muir Trail to avoid the hikers coming up the Mist Trail. There was a small number of people starting the hike with us. By the time we were reaching the bottom there were literally bus loads of people headed up to Mist trail. I also recommend if you are going to do this hike make sure you do your research with how hard this hike is and also make sure you are a little on the fit side or at least have hiked a few times. We encountered a few people that were ready to pass out and even encountered a guy throwing up before reaching Vernal Falls. It's definitely a strenuous hike so make sure you have the right shoes on and plenty of water. Don't be shy to take a few breaks and definitely make sure to take a few pictures. You'll want to take in with how spectacular this place is. The waterfalls are absolutely majestic. The three mountains....Half Dome (south face), Mount Broderick, and Liberty Cap are so stunning....LOVE it!

Mist Trail

Tourist Attraction
The Mist Trail is one of the most popular short hikes in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. The steep hike follows the Merced River, starting at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, past Vernal Fall and Emerald Pool, to Nevada Fall.

Happy Isles

Tourist Attraction
Happy Isles is a group of small isles in the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. They are located at the easternmost end of the Yosemite Valley floor. This scenic spot is the starting point for the Mist Trail, and is also the northern trailhead for the John Muir Trail. Happy Isles is also the trailhead for popular hiking destinations along the Mist Trail (including Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls) and Half Dome.

Emerald Pool

Tourist Attraction
Emerald Pool is the name of several locations.

Vernal Fall

Tourist Attraction
Vernal Fall is a 317-foot (96.6 m) waterfall on the Merced River just downstream of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park, California. Like its upstream neighbor, Vernal Fall is clearly visible at a distance, from Glacier Point, as well as close up, along the Mist Trail. The waterfall flows all year long, although by the end of summer it is substantially reduced in volume and can split into multiple strands, rather than a single curtain of water.

Nevada Fall

Tourist Attraction
Nevada Fall is a 594-foot (181 m) high waterfall on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California. It is located below the granite dome, Liberty Cap, at the west end of Little Yosemite Valley. The waterfall is widely recognized by its "bent" shape, in which the water free-falls for roughly the first third of its length to a steep slick-rock slope.

1996 Yosemite Valley landslide

"Yosemite rock fall" and "Yosemite rock slide" redirect here.The 1996 Yosemite Valley landslide occurred on July 10, 1996, near the Happy Isles trailhead in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California. 162,000 tons of rocks and other debris fell to the ground at over 160 miles per hour.

Liberty Cap (California)

Liberty Cap is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, California, United States which lies at the extreme northwestern margin of Little Yosemite Valley. It lies adjacent, to the north of Nevada Fall, on the John Muir Trail. It rises 1,700 feet (520 m) feet from the base of Nevada Fall to a peak elevation of 7,080 ft (2,158 m).

Grizzly Peak (Mariposa County, California)

Grizzly Peak in Yosemite Valley is a promontory on the southwest wall below the popular Half Dome. It can be seen on the hike to Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall, from northeastern Glacier Point, and various other locations in the Yosemite Valley. The top is not accessible by any trail, although rock climbers frequent the peak.

Sierra Point (Yosemite)

Sierra Point is a point located in Yosemite National Park at the eastern end of the valley, below Grizzly Peak, on what is essentially the southern shoulder of Half Dome. The trail used to be quite popular, but was closed due to a rock slide in the 1970s. This was John Muir's favorite trail. While a portion of the trail is still missing, it is still possible to reach the point.

Vernal Fall Footbridge

Tourist Attraction
Route Details


5.8 mi

Elev. Gain

1190.6 ft

Est. Steps

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