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.
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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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  • Beautiful waterfall. If you can somehow go near the waterfall you will get soaked wet and if lucky you can see rainbows at the bottom of the falls. The entire trail is 1.8 miles one way to the top of the falls. The initial part is very steep and tough to climb for a casual hiker. You will feel great after completing the entire trail
  • OMG,i don't feel i have my legs after finish this hiking today. And i just have little concern that near the top of this waterfall there have so many stairs i would wish it doesn't have so many little sand on it, it was very difficult if you don't careful about where you step on. Slippery that is what I trying to say .otherwise the view is stunning !
  • Not so hard to get him but really worth it. The best time for me is in spring time when water in river is high. The view from the bottom and from the up give You the best price of the hike there. Really worth it every step. I recommend hike up early morning.
  • One of the most beautiful waterfall in yosemeti national park. Its down view shows the fall and its way between the valley and greenery spread across it along with a beautiful fall view from granite rock. The surrounding covers with forest and top high bare granite mountains. Beautiful view of water flow in between granite rocks are awesome. The way to vernal fall from public bus stop is scenic and full of high and low of mountain and valleys path in well crafted human pathway with basic facilities of water, restroom and side reeling. A good view of waterfall from stiff pathway in between mountains.
  • Even though we lived close to Yosemite National Park, we only went there once or twice a year. Most of the time out-of-town visitors would asked us to take them there. When we went by ourselves, we picked a destination, like Vernal and Nevada Fall, and took off at a trot. A hike to Vernal Fall is less than 2½ miles but you have a nice climb up wet stairs. If your not physically fit, you may have problems. If you do go, you will see the most beautiful falls in Yosemite.

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