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Vernal Fall

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Yosemite’s Vernal Fall

We weren’t planning on hiking up the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall because the trail was supposed to be closed for the season, and we weren’t sure if everyone in our party would be up for it. However, we wanted to see how far we could get. When we got to the “closed” section of the Mist Trail (above the footbridge and below Vernal Fall) people were going around the closed sign, and others (including little kids and babies on backs) were coming down from having hiked the closed section so we followed suit. There was no danger on that part of the trail on this day so I’m not sure why it was closed for the season. Maybe they have fixed dates based on typical snow patterns, and this was a warmer than usual year? There was no snow or ice on the trail. In fact, it was rather warm on this day in late March. We did get wet from the mist but not soaked like some people report in April and May.

I imagine this trail is crazy crowded in the summer. There were plenty of people on the Mist Trail in late March, but I’m guessing it was just a fraction of the normal traffic. This is not a hike you want to miss if you are in Yosemite!

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