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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  • Depending on how far you want to go this trail could be a simple stroll or a crazy hard hike, We went mid term and hiked to the first bridge where you could see the falls. It was about 500 or so feet ...  more »
  • We have walked this trail, then walked to the first Vernal fall, Nevada Fall. Totally worth it! Beautiful walk but also spicy. We have 5 hours. On the way back we took the winter route, which is more easily passable. We stayed in a hotel on a half an hour's drive from the park entrance through which we were in the park nice and early. Was also needed as the reasonable parking spaces full of lay people around 10.30. What we did notice was that the temperature a lot lower is by the height. Toilets are there enough on the go, take enough water and food. If you do this trail, you don't have to stop at the previous Bridalveil waterfall.
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  • Amazing walk alongside 2 waterfalls and stunning views. It is quite busy and of course uphill but take your time and enjoy. Even saw a bear sitting in a tree!  more »

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Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone. Choose from upscale or historic hotels, a well-appointed lodge, motel rooms, rustic cabins, canvas tent cabins, and developed campgrounds. Yosemite Village in the heart of the valley is the most convenient place to stay, but other accommodations line the roads leading to the village. If you can't secure a place inside the park, try the various lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, and motels on the roads leading in from the west. Staying any further out can cost you valuable time that you could be spending hiking, biking, and sightseeing. To escape from the crowds in the valley, reserve a campsite at Crane Flat or Hodgdon Meadow, which are far enough out to provide solitude but close enough to reach major valley attractions in less than half an hour. Campgrounds along Tioga Road see even fewer crowds. If you plan to visit in summer, you must reserve accommodations (even campsites) well in advance, as Yosemite remains extremely popular with both visitors from afar and those based in California.
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