Hike the Giant Staircase Loop
Yosemite › Happy Isles Trail Head
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Challenging hike to two unbelievable Yosemite waterfalls--expect mist and rainbows.
The Giant Staircase loop begins at Happy Isles Trailhead and begins with the Vernal Falls hike. At the top of Vernal Falls, continue on the Mist Trail and enjoy switchbacks up to Nevada Falls. At the top the Mist Trail ends at a junction with the John Muir Trail. Nevada falls marks the second of the steps in the Giant Staircase. Stop and enjoy the view and the snacks you (hopefully) brought along with you.
The John Muir Trail will take you back to where you started the hike.
- Sturdy/grippy shoes
- Rain jacket
- Sun protection
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