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Mist Trail

Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Best hiking trail in the USA

Exhilarating trail that takes up the side of a granite wall. What makes this the best hiking trail... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Many happy times I have spent hiking this trail. Yes, you will get wet. I have seen, and also wore... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Matthew G
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Eminently accessible and popular, the Mist Trail takes hikers through Yosemite National Park to Vernal Fall Bridge, the best place to watch the waterfall.
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  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Exhilarating trail that takes up the side of a granite wall. What makes this the best hiking trail in the USA? It's paved or stepped the whole way up, but you feel like you've climbed a mountain. If you go all the way to the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Many happy times I have spent hiking this trail. Yes, you will get wet. I have seen, and also wore a trash bag to keep dry. Nothing better on a hot CA day!

Thank Matthew G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Take your favorite people on the Mist Trail for a memorable day. The trail is well maintained and absolutely beautiful. Just a fantastic hike. The waterfall at the top of the steps is amazing. Do yourself a favor and do this hike; you will not...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was by far was one of our highlights on our trip to California. We took the shuttle to the Happy Isles stop and started up the trail with a throng of other tourists. Although there were quite a few people, it wasn't overly crowded,...More

Thank lilacacat
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Mist Trail is one of the access points to other major trails. When we were there back in May, we did a Mist/ John Muir trail combo hike. (Nice loop.) Considering we went in Spring, be prepared to be rained on by both waterfalls! Also...More

Thank kstellla
Reviewed 26 November 2017

The Mist Trail is the main starting point for all of the major hikes in Yosemite. The parking area is right past Curry Village/Half-Dome Village and starts about 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot right past a bridge. The Mist Trial will take...More

Thank G-Whz
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Writing this for my husband who did this hike, while I enjoyed wandering around the valley. I dropped him off at Happy Isles around 6:30am, yes he's an early bird! It was dark so he had his headlamp and used it for a bit till...More

Thank ourlittlehouse
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Five months since we hiked the Mist trail and it was still fresh in my mind like it was only yesterday. The spectacular vistas, ear-popping waterfalls, and views in between was worth the pain and exhaustion. I've hiked mountains before but the Mist trail was...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

This is a great hike to a number of different falls, although I turned around once reaching the top of Vernal falls. I found it to be a fun and worthwhile hike over a variety of terrain. Much of the path was smooth and groomed,...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Took the Mist trail to Vernal and Nevada falls. Great hike with significant elevation gain. This is not a trail for the causal walker unless you are up for a challenge. There are steps that lead to Vernal falls, and I mean, a lot of...More

Thank drjcraven
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28 May 2017|
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Response from Bigsurrunner | Reviewed this property |
Small children would be OK but take frequent breaks and keep them in front of you so you can keep an eye on them. There are steep drop offs so they need to stay in the middle of the trail. As far as using a carrier you had... More
24 May 2016|
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Response from i-am-evil-homer | Reviewed this property |
no , the mist trail is one of the simplest trails to hike , no tickets required , just pick up a map once you get there , you can also take the free bus to and from the base of the trail , all will be explained in the free... More
Corinne W
19 May 2016|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi I recommend asking questions like this on the Yosemite NP TripAdvisor forum page. The NPS suggests 5-6 hours for the hike. The Yosemite Hikes website suggests 5 hours. If you're descending the John Muir Trail, it's a... More