Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park

Waterfall · Nature / 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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  • Our guide Zach made this tour unforgettable for us! It was a little hard for me to do but I am so happy I've done it!  more »
  • This area is very popular for hikes since there are several trailheads in the area. There‚Äôs a small lot that takes you close to this trailhead that fills up very early but the actual trail is still a....  more »

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