My hike to the top of Vernal Fall was a memorable one. It is my first sighting of a rainbow fall (read my second one here) and it is my first strenuous hike in America!
On the first day of our short stay at Yosemite, we dropped off our bags and headed straight to the shuttle. We dropped off at Happy Isles (Shuttle stop#16) to access the High Sierra Loop Trail.
Though the Vernal Fall is only 1.5 miles away, the hike to the top of the fall is strenuous and slippery. Wearing sandals made it even more difficult.
You will see an excellent view of Vernal Falls from the footbridge. Here you can find restrooms and water fountains.
After you pass the bridge, the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail diverge. We followed the Mist Trail to proceed directly to the top of Vernal Falls.
You will reach a steep granite stairway of over 600 steps. Be cautious of the slippery rocks because you will get sprayed by the waterfall – hence the name Mist Trail.
The view from the top is jaw-dropping! It was such an accomplishment to get to the top of a 317-foot waterfall!
Don’t cross the railings and be careful of slippery rocks. Though it is tempting to play around the stream, it is better to be safe than sorry!
You can continue the trail to reach the top of Nevada Fall. Because we wanted to go back before it gets dark, we headed back.
The top of the waterfall made me want to play along the running stream so we stopped on the safer stream, next to the footbridge.
The hike to the top may be strenuous, but so worth it. I challenge you to go out and explore the wild! You will feel inner peace as you develop a stronger connection to Mother Nature.
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Find the beauty in every fall,