Hike up Mist Trail



8.5 miles

Elevation Gain

1900 ft

Route Type


Added by Evans Head

While it may just be a through hike in order to get to Half Dome, the Mist Trail is a Yosemite must-hike route.

Starting at 4,000 feet at the Yosemite Valley floor, the hike ascends 1,900 ft. up to the top of, first Vernal Falls, then Nevada Falls. The trail is very well marked, and it is lined with granite rocks on either side of the trail for a good part of the 7 mile trek. Elevation gain is moderately graduate; it's not a climb, but it is by no means a walk in the park. 

View from Nevada Falls: vista over sliver of valley floor, good view of Glacier Point, overall nice/wide vista (it's Yosemite, what do you expect).

Definitely a must-do hike if you're in Yosemite and have a good morning/afternoon to spend.

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