Hike Date: April 26, 2015
Distance: ~ 7 miles
Trail(s): Mist Trail, John Muir Trail
Where’s it at? Southeast end of Yosemite Valley by Happy Isles


While camping at North Pines in April 2015 with a hiking and backpacking group we opted to hike the Mist Trail and up to the top of Nevada Falls and make it a loop trail by hiking down the John Muir Trail. A total of about 7 miles and a little under 2500 ft. elevation gain. It had snowed the previous day but most of the snow except toward the top of Nevada Falls had melted.

I’ve done this hike many times now but it never ceases to amaze me. April is not a bad time to take this hike. The two waterfalls flow all year but they’re especially strong when the snow is melting and there have been recent rains, both of which were the case on our visit. All in all we had about 12 hikes on this journey and except for two people that had to hit the road early, we all made it to the top of Nevada Falls.

The mist was ever present and pretty soaking on this visit. We had lunch and warmed up at the top of Vernal Falls among a big crowd as is always the case. After that and a group photo we made our way pretty steadily up to Vernal Falls on a second long staircase to the top. At the top we relaxed a while before continuing on to catch the John Muir Trail for the way down. I have to say I love both trails but the mist trail is obviously the most scenic part.

This is a must do hike if you’re visiting Yosemite and the best way to view it is to go up the Mist Trail and down the John Muir Trail for a full experience.

Photos from Hiking the Mist and John Muir Trails (click to enlarge)

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Hiking Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail and back on the John Muir Trail Hiking Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail and back on the John Muir Trail Hiking Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail and back on the John Muir Trail
Hiking Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail and back on the John Muir Trail Hiking Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail and back on the John Muir Trail Hiking Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail and back on the John Muir Trail
Hiking Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail and back on the John Muir Trail Hiking Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail and back on the John Muir Trail Hiking Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail and back on the John Muir Trail
  Hiking Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail and back on the John Muir Trail  

Directions to The Mist Trail Trailhead


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Weather at Yosemite Valley, CA

Written on April 26th, 2015 in Hiking, The Whole Thing
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