Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park

Surrounded by green foliage, Vernal Fall flows all year round, spraying mist onto the hikers climbing along its steep granite stairway to enjoy the scenery. Plunging from a height of 96 m (317 ft), the fall is accessible via several shaded trails passing along the Merced River and offering exceptional vistas across Yosemite Valley. The trails are fairly strenuous and slippery in places, so watch your step and don't cross the railings. Facilities include several restrooms along the hike and a shuttle stop with drinking water at the Vernal Fall footbridge. Using our world travel planner, Yosemite National Park attractions like Vernal Fall can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Vernal Fall
Save Saved
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Vernal Fall Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
1,307 reviews
Google
4.9
TripAdvisor
  • there are steep and high steps that lead to the head of the falls, i even called the chauvinistic :) but it's much easier to descend, then to climb them. there is a bear living at the beginning of the...  more »
  • This is a heck of a hike and not for the faint of heart - or weak heart. Go in late Spring or early Summer when the water flow is the best over the falls. It grows less as the dry season comes and sno...  more »
  • My husband and I initially thought that we would do quite a bit of hiking while we were staying in Yosemite. We made it to the bridge of Vernal Falls and then decided to go down. The view was spectacu...  more »
Google
  • One of the incredible scene of nature. You have to visit this place if you found yourself around Nevada, its really nature at work. The water fall is clearly visible at a distance, from Glacier point as well as close up along the mist trail. The most amazing thing about this water fall is that it falls all year long although by the end summer it is substantially reduced in volume
  • This stunning waterfall is half way up The Mist Trail and is well worth the climb up. As the trail becomes steeper you leave the crowds behind. You need to be prepared for The Mist Trail with water and snacks. The hike right up to Nevada Falls then back down the other way will take you most of the day. The climb past Vernal Falls is wet, steep and difficult but simply stunning.
  • I think this is a cool trail. This waterfall is the cause of the water mist on Mist trail. It cools you right off. You can also look at it from the top, just don't go past the railing, and be careful on the Nevada falls area, too. It is a little sketchy. Nice view though, and don't swim where the water falls are, and don't swim on a thing behind Vernal falls.
  • This feels like the most frequented hike in Yosemite. The trail leads to more advanced hikes like Half Dome and Clouds Rest but most tourists in the summer are swarming to reach Vernal Falls. Can't blame 'em, just avoid this trail mid-summer if you have any desire to move quickly.
  • Beautiful yet accessible hike in Yosemite. Nice views on the trail itself too. You don't have to climb all the stairs on the last part unless you plan to go further or are looking for a free shower. Can get crowded easily, making it difficult to circulate.
Places to stay near Vernal Fall

Plan your trip to Yosemite National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Yosemite National Park

View all >
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 4​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 4​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h

Nature in Yosemite National Park

View all >
4.5
Duration: 8​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h

Trails in Yosemite National Park

4.7
Duration: 4​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Yosemite National Park

4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Side trips from Yosemite National Park

5.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Yosemite National Park

4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 4​h
3.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Plans to Vernal Fall by other users

8 days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park & Yosemite National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 40 days in North America BY A USER FROM CANADA August, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 59 days in United States BY A USER FROM ROMANIA July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Yosemite National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 25 days in United States BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 27 days in Western US BY A USER FROM IRELAND June, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Yosemite National Park & High Sierra BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans