Vernal Fall

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  • Address: Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California USA, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Waterfall, Family And Kids

It’s a pretty straight forward waterfall. It runs throughout the year, is visible from miles around from many directions, and hiking to the falls is one of the must do activities at Yosemite – not just because of the waterfall, but all the wonderful snaps of Mother Nature you can take along the way. Visit at spring time for the best waterfall volume (and noise and mist). Of course there’s also almost always a heavy crowd at this place and that can be an off putter to some, but that’s just being selfish. It’s not a difficult hike but can get a little tougher if you’re planning on following the mist trail all the way to the Nevada Fall.

We have to insert a bit of a warning here though. At the top of Vernal Fall there is a beautiful natural pond called Emerald Pool. Though most other pools of similar sort in the Yosemite Park allow swimming, the sheer number of people who’ve been swept over the Vernal Fall from this pool to their deaths has banned that activity in this particular bit of nature. Don’t get more than your legs wet – you will NOT be able to fight the current!

  • You’re going to get wet with the mist. Prepare accordingly!
  • Again, DO NOT swim in the Emerald Pool.
  • The water current is much more dangerous than it looks. Do not fall in. More people have died on this trail than anywhere else in Yosemite.

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  • Vernal Fall Address: Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California USA, United States
  • Vernal Fall Timing: 24-hrs
  • Vernal Fall Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Vernal Fall(preferred time): 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Vernal Fall: 05:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Yosemite National Park include Vernal Fall in their plan

  • 23.5% of people start their Vernal Fall visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Vernal Fall

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

90.85% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Vernal Fall

People normally club together Ansel Adams Gallery and Half Dome while planning their visit to Vernal Fall.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • One of the most beautiful places. It's recommended to visit there just after the winter when there is more water but even after the summer there is water in the fall. Great place to site by and relax, good place for a quick lunch next to the pool. You don't have to be a big hiker, it's not easy to get to the top but almost everybody can do it, step by step. And it's worth it!

  • After a brisk hike up you reach Vernal Falls and it is majestic & beautiful. Few Chinese were walking in formal shoes & formal pants... this is a complete no no as your feet will have problems the next day. Otherwise great views of the second biggest national park of USA.

  • Amazing waterfall to watch while hiking! Great spots to stop and taking pictures with family or alone. The top has railings to look down as the water falls.

  • This was such a great hike for someone like me who does not do much hiking. The views are just breathtaking. Also, when you reach the waterfall, you really feel .other nature's love.

  • Its been 3 weeks since my hike and I am ready to do it all over again. Magical place. The last push up gets harder but so worth it.

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