Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park

4.8
#4 of 32 in Parks in Yosemite National Park
Take the steep trail up to Vernal Fall, a plunging waterfall on the Merced River, known for the rainbow-colored mist that surrounds it on sunny days. Standing at 96 m (317 ft), the waterfall flows all year round, providing picturesque views and endless photo opportunities. You can reach the water curtain via a moderate hike that follows the rushing river. Bring plenty of water and don't forget your hiking shoes--the trek can be slippery at times. Using our world travel planner, Yosemite National Park attractions like Vernal Fall can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A long walk for a family of four that was a bit tired by the end of long walking day already. But it was beautiful!!  more »
  • Our family hiked Vernal Fall yesterday around mid-morning (quite crowded!) and had a great time! It was so beautiful and the kids (8, 10, 12 and 13) did just fine!! We weren’t quite sure if it was wor...  more »
  • Difficult hike but all worth it. Make sure you have right shoes since the path is very slippery. Rain covers are also helpful since as you get to the top water would be spraying on you as in a rain st...  more »
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  • The way up is some serious inclination. If you are not in shape i suggest you pack light and wear lightweight clothes because you are going to sweat. I was there in November and midway through the climb i felt hot. Another thing is pack water and use the restroom because there is none up on top. Over all the climb is worth it and the view is amazing!
  • Add this place in your list from the places you must visit before you die, wear comfortable shoes, tough path hiking up here but worth it to see
  • Though the hike was difficult it was amazing and worth the effort. The falls us beautiful and the rainbow that shines across it is spectacular. (5 STARS!!!!)
  • Take the Mist Trail only when you're prepared to Mist from the fall and many big steps to reach the top of Vernal Falls. Alternatively is there an other route to reach the top. But this isn't so spectacular like the Mist Trail.
  • If you go to Yosemite you must visit this place. Also Nevada falls its even better but you have to make the extra 2 miles.
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