Nevada Falls Loop, Yosemite National Park

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Hike to the top of one of Yosemite's most recognizable features on the Nevada Falls Loop. The loop consists of two trails leading to the top of Nevada Fall: the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail. The Mist Trail offers a steeper climb of 610 m (2,000 ft) elevation change, and receives lots of spray from the fall (hence the name). Expect slippery footing. This trail also takes you via the top of the smaller Vernal Fall, with views straight down the 97 m (317 ft) cascade. The John Muir Trail takes a longer, less steep route through a more wooded area. Along the way you will see a wider panorama of Nevada Fall, views of Vernal Fall from above, and great vistas of Liberty Cap. The two trails meet at the top of Nevada Fall, from where you can admire stunning close-up views of the thunderous 181 m (594 ft) waterfall. Exercise caution near flowing water and on slippery rock. Plan to visit Nevada Falls Loop and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Yosemite National Park attractions using our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder site .
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  • For all lovers of hiking. We have made this place by browsing the Panorama Trail from Glacier Point. 3:00 walk and the encounter with a brown bear are still memories. You can then descend on Vernal Fall to close the show!
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  • In October, one day tour-in couldn't went to less water and waterfall near and far. Yosemite itself highlights that many felt that not turn out too, with a focus on day and night. It is necessary to stay for several days, go focus on!
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  • Hiking up past Vernal on the Misty Trail continuing on up to Nevada Falls and then down Muir Trail is just a spectacular day hike - the best! There is 2000 feet of vertical gain going up to Nevada Fal...  more »
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