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

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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TripHobo Highlights for Vernal Fall

  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Vernal Fall

  • 95% of people who visit Yosemite National Park include Vernal Fall in their plan

  • 29.17% of people start their Vernal Fall visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Vernal Fall

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

90.17% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Vernal Fall

People normally club together Yosemite Falls 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

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Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park Reviews

  • 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.

  • This was one of my favorite hikes I have ever done. It is very strenuous to get to the top compared to some of the other hikes in Yosemite Valley but it was worth it. Whenever you get close to the top, the mist if the waterfall gets you soaking wet and feels great in the heat of summer.

  • Visited in the end May when waterfall was still active after the winter. Really beautiful sight. Would recommend doing Mist Trail hike

  • It's worth the hike. Don't stop at the fall sighting. Get to the top and if you can go closer to the base to enjoy the cool mist of fresh water.

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