Vernal FallCurrently Open
- 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
Vernal Fall - Review
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 Information
- 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Vernal Fall
95% 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 Trips
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Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park Reviews
This hike is strenuous but amazing! Make sure you bring a lot of water, wear good hiking shoes (mist makes everything slippery) don't forget your camera and a nice lunch for picnicking at the top of the falls. Although the last 650 stairs to the top are rough you definitely won't be disappointed in the views! Relax and enjoy the scenery!
There are multiple hikes that can arrive at this waterfall. I've done the shorter one from the base and a longer 13+ mile trail. Both are wonderful hikes for their own reason. I assume anyone getting there via the 4mile+ panorama trail is a capable hiker. For anyone taking the shorter trail be aware that close to the falls it gets quite steep. The view is spectacular.
A bit busy on the trail but worth the hike up to the top of the falls. At the top there is a natural pool with amazing emerald water. You can continue on past that point, but unfortunately I didn't have time to make the trek further up trail. Will definitely make the whole trip next time I visit. Don't forget the water and snacks.
When in Yosemite National Park, a visit to Vernal Falls is a must do. The hike is intermediate level, but can be done fairly quickly to the footbridge. 30 - 45 minutes one way. If interested in taking it to the top of Vernal Falls via the mist trail, be prepared to get wet. If you aren’t prepared for getting wet, you shouldn’t attempt it. As you can tell from the photos, the hike is really worth it! Bring lots of water. It is awe inspiring.
Very beautiful! Definitely something you have to see! Hiking boots would be recommended.