Vernal Fall3402 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California USA, United States
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
- Tags: 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!
Vernal Fall Travel Tips
- 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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89.93% of people who visit Yosemite National Park include Vernal Fall in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
23.5% of people start their Vernal Fall visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Vernal Fall
90.85% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Vernal Fall
Vernal Fall Reviews & Ratings
One of the best waterfall hikes I’ve been. I just wish we had brought our ponchos cause we couldn’t go to the top because of the water hitting us from all directions. I would definitely want to go again and complete the hike!
Hike to Vernal Fall offers nice exercise and a great closeup view of a beautiful waterfall. In the springtime it is so full of water that you get misted by its spray even when you stay on the trail. It is less powerful in the fall but always worth a hike if you have the time.
Hike was awesome. Not long, but can be hard. The steps are a real workout, but there are lots of places to stop and rest and enjoy the scenery. They weren't slipper as the fall wasn't running too heavy, but they are uneven and I would say be extremely careful coming down if you don't head to Nevada falls and take the alternate way down. It was around 50 degrees and some areas had a nice chill. Most hiked with sweaters, but I personally couldn't due to sweating.
Awesome experience. Be prepared to get really get and be careful with the stairs, they are really wet and slippery! However is it very much wroth it! Go to the top to get awesome views from above. If coming in spring or early summer, it will be at its full capacity. I recommend going this time of the year.
Wow, absolutely amazing. I brought my son, Jack, here and it was great to bond with him. Bring an extra big water bottle or you'll end up like Jack, really thirsty! About half way down, his feet were really aching from the long hike, and he passed out. So I left him by a bush. He was gone when I returned. But the view was definitely worth it! I recommend leaving the kids in the car. It may be hot, but they won't disappear. Haha, still waiting for forest service to find Jack.