Yosemite National Park The Mist Trail

Yosemite, California

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This short Yosemite classic full of rainbows, waterfalls, and sprawling mountainside views isn’t called the Mist Trail for nothing. With waterfalls come rainbows—and Yosemite’s short, moderate Mist Trail allows hikers of all abilities to promenade beneath them. Start before 7 a.m. to get a jump on the 3,000 hikers that depart from the Happy Isles trailhead each summer day. Crossing the Happy Isles Bridge, head right on a paved path toward Vernal Falls Bridge and Mist Trail’s only view of Illilouette Falls. The vista is located beneath Sierra Point, which is famous for being the only location in Yosemite where you can see four waterfalls—Yosemite, Illilouette, Vernal, and Nevada. Unfortunately, the trail to Sierra Point was decimated by a rockslide in the 1970s. March uphill to Sierra Point and witness the downpour of four fantastic falls: Illilouette, Vernal, Nevada, and Yosemite.
Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast

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Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast

by Ted Alvarez (Falcon Guides)

This short Yosemite classic full of rainbows, waterfalls, and sprawling mountainside views isn’t called the Mist Trail for nothing.

With waterfalls come rainbows—and Yosemite’s short, moderate Mist Trail allows hikers of all abilities to promenade beneath them. Start before 7 a.m. to get a jump on the 3,000 hikers that depart from the Happy Isles trailhead each summer day. Crossing the Happy Isles Bridge, head right on a paved path toward Vernal Falls Bridge and Mist Trail’s only view of Illilouette Falls. The vista is located beneath Sierra Point, which is famous for being the only location in Yosemite where you can see four waterfalls—Yosemite, Illilouette, Vernal, and Nevada. Unfortunately, the trail to Sierra Point was decimated by a rockslide in the 1970s.

March uphill to Sierra Point and witness the downpour of four fantastic falls: Illilouette, Vernal, Nevada, and Yosemite.

© 2016 Ted Alvarez/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yosemite
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 day
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park, ( 209) 372-020; nps.gov/yose
Driving Directions: Directions to Yosemite National Park: The Mist Trail

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