Vernal Fall Footbridge via John Muir Trail

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Very Easy
Duration
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1h
Distance
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2.7 km
Elevation
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144 m
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The Vernal Fall Footbridge via John Muir Trail is an easy-going, family-friendly adventure in Yosemite Valley that reveals jaw-dropping panoramas of Vernal Falls and the bounding granite bluffs. This impressive hike is a must-add to your Yosemite itinerary!

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Route Description for Vernal Fall Footbridge via John Muir Trail

The Vernal Fall Footbridge via John Muir Hike presents the perfect excuse to get the whole family out into the fresh air. Wander along the valley floor and revel in the dramatic granite cliffs that line the corridor, creating a picture-perfect panorama. Adults and children alike will enjoy the breathtaking sights of Vernal Falls cascading through the canyon. Note: Yosemite National Park charges an entrance fee; refer to the NPS website for additional information.

Embark on your sweet nature walk along the Vernal Fall Footbridge via John Muir Trail from the Mist Trailhead. From here, track the John Muir Trail south along the Merced River and past the Happy Isles. Enjoy the shade of the towering pines and the path will soon curve east as you near the footbridge. Let the sounds of the rushing water lull you into a state of relaxation as you hike to the overlook.

From the Vernal Fall footbridge, you will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the mesmerizing waterfall cascading over the granite bluffs. If you still have some gas left in the tank, then continue further up to the Mist Trail to be guided along the famous waterfall. When you are ready, retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Vernal Fall Footbridge via John Muir Trail Trailhead

Access the Vernal Fall Footbridge via John Muir Trail from the Mist Trailhead off Happy Isles Loop Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-round

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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