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The John Muir Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The trail climbs gently on an eroded asphalt path through black oak and ponderosa pine forest among enormous lichen-draped boulders. In about a half mile, across the thundering Merced on your right, watch for 370-foot Illilouette Fall tucked back in its deeply cut gorge in the Panorama Cliff. The trail now steepens briefly, then suddenly descends to the Vernal Fall Bridge at 0.8 mile. Upstream, Vernal Fall is perfectly framed by maple, alder, and various conifers as it drops 317 feet over the lower step of the Giant Staircase."
--Suzanne Swedo, Hiking Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides).
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