Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park

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#4 of 32 in Parks in Yosemite National Park
Take the steep trail up to Vernal Fall, a plunging waterfall on the Merced River, known for the rainbow-colored mist that surrounds it on sunny days. Standing at 96 m (317 ft), the waterfall flows all year round, providing picturesque views and endless photo opportunities. You can reach the water curtain via a moderate hike that follows the rushing river. Bring plenty of water and don't forget your hiking shoes--the trek can be slippery at times. Using our world travel planner, Yosemite National Park attractions like Vernal Fall can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The best waterfall hike in the USA. The falls are pretty shocking, and the trip up is ultra-challenging. But the trail is PERFECT. It’s either paved or stepped the whole way up. The views are stunning...  more »
  • Not very long and not very difficult hike for the amazing view of waterfall. Very mystic and also photogenic cause it is covered up by the rainbow.  more »
  • We only had one day at Yosemite and, being more into fatness than fitness, we were never going to do anything too strenuous. The hike to the Vernal Falls bridge is short but never-the-less steep enoug...  more »
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  • The way up is some serious inclination. If you are not in shape i suggest you pack light and wear lightweight clothes because you are going to sweat. I was there in November and midway through the climb i felt hot. Another thing is pack water and use the restroom because there is none up on top. Over all the climb is worth it and the view is amazing!
  • Add this place in your list from the places you must visit before you die, wear comfortable shoes, tough path hiking up here but worth it to see
  • Though the hike was difficult it was amazing and worth the effort. The falls us beautiful and the rainbow that shines across it is spectacular. (5 STARS!!!!)
  • Take the Mist Trail only when you're prepared to Mist from the fall and many big steps to reach the top of Vernal Falls. Alternatively is there an other route to reach the top. But this isn't so spectacular like the Mist Trail.
  • If you go to Yosemite you must visit this place. Also Nevada falls its even better but you have to make the extra 2 miles.
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