Mist Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 4,569 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,293 feet. Clark Point and other viewpoints and the Vernal Fall and Emerald Pool attractions can be seen along the trail. There are also a cliff and restrooms along the trail. The trail ends near the Silver Apron attraction.
Mist Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This justifiably popular loop climbs steeply beside Vernal and Nevada falls. The landscape is quite varied, including the drenching climb past Vernal Fall, dry flower-filled slopes, a well-walled traverse halfway up a granite cliff, and an aerial view of Vernal Fall. Note that the Mist Trail is closed in winter due to icy conditions."
--Elizabeth Wenk, 50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
"Mist Trail is an offshoot of the southeastern part of Yosemite Valley near shuttle stop 16. Don’t worry about getting lost—just follow the crowd! Those who enjoy the peace and quiet as much as the waterfall itself may be frustrated by the abundance of fellow hikers on the trail, but that should go away once you reach the actual falls. After a short but fairly steep ascent you reach the first bridge, which gives you a view of Vernal Falls. From a distance, it may seem pretty ordinary. As you get closer you will change your opinion, but if you linger too long you’ll have to change your clothes too since you’ll be completely soaked from the mist. Shortly after Vernal there is a fork in the trail; stay left and you will see Nevada Falls straight ahead. Note: This trail is closed in the winter, so check with a ranger before heading there in the early spring to be sure it is open. This trail guide contains descriptions of the following trails: Vernal Falls, Silver Apron, Glacier Point Falls, and Nevada Falls."
--Matt & Krissi Danielsson, Waterfall Lover's Guide: Northern California (The Mountaineers Books).
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