Nevada Falls Loop, Yosemite National Park

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Hike to the top of one of Yosemite's most recognizable features on the Nevada Falls Loop. The loop consists of two trails leading to the top of Nevada Fall: the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail. The Mist Trail offers a steeper climb of 610 m (2,000 ft) elevation change, and receives lots of spray from the fall (hence the name). Expect slippery footing. This trail also takes you via the top of the smaller Vernal Fall, with views straight down the 97 m (317 ft) cascade. The John Muir Trail takes a longer, less steep route through a more wooded area. Along the way you will see a wider panorama of Nevada Fall, views of Vernal Fall from above, and great vistas of Liberty Cap. The two trails meet at the top of Nevada Fall, from where you can admire stunning close-up views of the thunderous 181 m (594 ft) waterfall. Exercise caution near flowing water and on slippery rock. Plan to visit Nevada Falls Loop and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Yosemite National Park attractions using our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder site .
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  • A waterfall of beauty, located upstream of Vernal fall, itself very beautiful. The climb is arduous and challenging but once at the top, the reward is superb. Allow at least 2 hours of ascent and 1 hour and 30 hours of descent.
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  • We are experienced hikers and the trail is marked strenuous. I’d say it was moderate if you’re used to hill walking. We parked at Curry village car park and took the shuttle for a couple of stops to t...  more »
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