Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls - Yosemite National Park:
While in Yosemite, take a chance to discover the wonder of Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up close! Keep in mind that no parking is available around these falls, so take the Valleywide or East Valley Shuttles to stop #16 and follow the signs to where the trail begins. While the first paved mile of this trail can be the busiest, it provides early access to a view of Vernal Falls from the Vernal Fall Footbridge. As you continue 0.2 miles beyond the bridge, you’ll find where the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail diverge. From here you can follow the Mist Trail for 0.3 miles up a steep granite stairway where you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping views straight down the length of the 317-foot waterfall! Satisfied? You can head back down the way you came or take the longer route back via the John Muir Trail which will be 0.2 miles away at the next junction. Should you choose to continue along the Mist Trail, be prepared for steep and rocky switchbacks for 1.5 miles until you reach Nevada Falls. Once you arrive, take a closer look by crossing the footbridge above the Merced River, where you’ll get a top down view of the falls! Use extreme caution while you're near any flowing water or wet rock in this area. From here, you can either return down the Mist Trail, or continue over the bridge to the John Muir Trail, which provides a different perspective of Nevada Falls and great views of Liberty Cap. Keep in mind the John Muir Trail is longer, approximately 4 miles one-way compared to the Mist Trail’s 2.5 miles. While embarking on this adventure, make sure to stay hydrated, pace yourself, and enjoy the views!