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Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park

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Vernal Fall is a 317ft 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.HistoryEtymologyYan-o-pah was the local name of the fall before it was named "Vernal"- meaning relating to Spring - by Lafayette Bunnell, a member of the Mariposa Battalion in 1851.Mist TrailThe trail begins at the Happy Isles trail head in Yosemite Valley and travels generally east-southeast. This is one of the shortest (1.3mi)—though in places steep—and most popular trails in Yosemite. The trail is mostly shaded and is progressive in incline until it reaches the base of the waterfall where mist sprays onto the hikers.At times of high flow, mostly in the spring, hikers may be drenched by the time they pass the mist from the waterfall. The final 15 minutes of the trail is a very steep climb up rocks to the top of the waterfall. Once atop the falls there is a pool of water called the Emerald Pool around which hikers lounge and rest. There is also a 20 degree slope of rock with water flowing into the pool called the Silver Apron.
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  • Isnt it magical when you get to see 2 rainbows? Don't miss the Vernal Fall hike. You will be well rewarded with the stunning and picturesque view! Wear appropriate hiking gears and a waterproof jacket...  more »
  • The Mist Trail puts you at Vernal Falls so it's the same thing. We were there right when they opened the top of the mist trail so you could walk to the top of the falls. The walk to the bottom of the ...  more »
  • If you are a good hiker, do not miss this. It is beautiful hike of nearly 1.5miles from the shuttle stop and you can continue on to Nevada falls for another 1.5miles if you are strong enough. Its beau...  more »