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Mist Trail - Yosemite NP, CA

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CA > Sierra Nevada
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,025 feet
Elevation Gain 2,800 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 21
Interest Historic, Seasonal Waterfall, Perennial Waterfall, Seasonal Creek, Perennial Creek & Peak
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Photos Viewed All Mine Following
18  2017-09-11
Half Dome Hike
trekkin_gecko
25  2017-09-11
Half Dome Hike
Tortoise_Hiker
6  2015-09-17 Crzy4AZ
19  2014-07-21 ddgrunning
22  2014-06-12
Half Dome Hike
squatpuke
25  2014-06-11
Yosemite - Tenaya Lake to Happy Isles
Tough_Boots
36  2014-06-11
Yosemite - Tenaya Lake to Happy Isle
John9L
12  2013-07-21
Sunrise Creek Loop
chumley
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Preferred   May, Oct, Apr, Jun
Sun  6:39am - 4:46pm
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Nevada Falls Loop
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8.1 mi
2,140 ft
Half Dome Hike
Half Dome Hike
0.0 mi away
16.0 mi
5,400 ft
Vernal and Nevada Falls
0.1 mi away
5.2 mi
2,300 ft
Mirror Lake Trail - Yosemite NP
Mirror Lake Trail - Yosemite NP
0.5 mi away
4.7 mi
335 ft
Rutherford Lake Trail
0.7 mi away
71.5 mi
Glacier Point - Yosemite National Park
Glacier Point - Yosemite National Park
0.8 mi away
0.6 mi
75 ft
Granite Creek Campground Trail
0.8 mi away
41.1 mi
Panorama - Mist Trail
Panorama - Mist Trail
0.8 mi away
8.5 mi
3,939 ft
East Valley Floor
0.9 mi away
2.6 mi
Illilouette Fall
1.1 mi away
4.2 mi
1,400 ft
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Overview: The Mist Trail is one of the most popular short hikes in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. The hike follows the Merced River, starting at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, past Vernal Fall, Emerald Pool, to Nevada Fall.


Along the trail, the Merced River is a tumultuous mountain stream, lying in a U-shaped valley. Enormous boulders, the size of a house, are dwarfed by the sheer faces of exfoliating granite, which rise 3000 feet (914 m) from the river. Through it all, the Merced river rushes down from its source in the High Sierra, and broadens on the floor of Yosemite valley.

A trail which links to the John Muir Trail starts after crossing from the Happy Isles. Depending on your conditioning, a bridge which re-crosses the river, the halfway point of a hike to the foot of Vernal Fall, can be reached in 15 to 30 minutes.

Hikers stop briefly just below the lower margin of the mist from Vernal FallTo the side of Vernal Fall, the mist from the river blankets the trail, which was improved during the WPA projects of the 1930s. Here is where raingear becomes handy: in the spring, hikers often become completely drenched from water sprayed off Vernal Fall. This is one of the few places where a complete circular rainbow can be viewed. The trail now crosses a sheer face which is made somewhat easier by a single guard rail. At the top of Vernal Fall, the Merced river traverses a shelf of granite, and the hikers frequently sun themselves to dry off.

The Emerald Pool is named for the color of the river here.

Up the trail, Nevada Falls, a waterfall that is over twice the height of Vernal Fall awaits the hiker, although there is no cascade of mist over the trail at that waterfall. Behind Nevada Falls is Liberty Cap, an impressive lump of granite. The Mist trail then rejoins the John Muir Trail: the hiker can travel in Little Yosemite Valley, or take a side trip to the top of Half Dome, using cables to climb the rock. Entry fee per car required. Source: Wikipedia

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Yosemite National Park
Entrance Fees
Wilderness Permit
Half Dome Permit - Currently required 7 days a week. Check the link for the most up to date information.

2014 - 300 permits issued daily, 225 for dayhikers.
2013 - 400 permits issued daily, 300 for dayhikers.


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