Vernal Falls from Mist Trail

Description:

The Merced River in Yosemite National Park takes a flying leap straight over a cliff to produce Vernal Falls as you see here. There are two main routes to get to the top of the falls. The John Muir Trail is a moderately sloped climb through the woods surrounding the falls, so you stay nice and dry for the most part. On the other hand, the aptly named Mist Trail is much steeper and because it winds along just to the side of the falls, is much wetter. A word of warning - do not take Mist Trail if you don't want to get wet - I was completely soaked through after my descent down the trail. Also, be warned that the spray can be very cold, even on a hot June day, I was pretty cold by the time I got out of the spray (after all the water is run off from melting snow). Well, the picture you see here was taken from near the top of the Mist Trail a little above where the spray kicks in.

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Last modified: 26 April 1996, Karp@virginia.edu