- 3 miles/4.8 km round-trip
- 1.5-3 hours
DescriptionYou'll find an excellent view of Vernal Fall from the footbridge at 0.75 miles (1.3 km). Beyond the bridge, at 0.2 miles, the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail diverge. To proceed directly to the top of Vernal Fall, follow the Mist Trail 0.5 mile (0.8 km) up a steep granite stairway of over 600 steps. Prepare for slippery footing and a tremendous amount of waterfall spray in spring and early summer. This portion of trail is closed in winter due to risk of falling ice and rock.
Vernal Fall footbridge: 1.6 miles/2.6 km round-trip; ernal Fall: 3 miles/4.8 km round-trip