Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park

Surrounded by green foliage, Vernal Fall flows all year round, spraying mist onto the hikers climbing along its steep granite stairway to enjoy the scenery. Plunging from a height of 96 m (317 ft), the fall is accessible via several shaded trails passing along the Merced River and offering exceptional vistas across Yosemite Valley. The trails are fairly strenuous and slippery in places, so watch your step and don't cross the railings. Facilities include several restrooms along the hike and a shuttle stop with drinking water at the Vernal Fall footbridge. Using our world travel planner, Yosemite National Park attractions like Vernal Fall can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We went as a group of 6 in mid-June and got up and down in just over 3 hours (not bad going for a bunch of pen pushers!), although this trail is not for the unfit! This is a substantial hike with...  more »
  • Vernal Fall is one of the Yosemite Park's favorite attractions, at least for anyone who loves trekking. The waterfall itself is not considered one of the bigest, yet it's still a very enjoyable to...  more »
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