Hikers only. No mountain bikes, horses or dogs are allowed. No wheelchair facilities.
Subjective Trail Rating for Beauty and Difficulty:
This hike is almost three miles in length. Mile for mile, this hike probably packs more diverse scenic views than any other in Yosemite. It is also a strenuous hike, particularly from the first bridge over the Merced river up to Clarks point on the connector trail to the John Muir trail. It won't be just the views that will take your breath away. In addition, because of the slippery footing up Mist trail and some of the sheer ledges, it may not be suitable for the acrophobic or those with very small children. To get a flavor of the hike and a view of Vernal falls it might be advisable to visit the viewpoint 0.2 mile beyond the bridge and then turn around.
Day-use permits are not required but wilderness permits are necessary for over night camping. Contact the park for information on the fee charged.
From Merced just east of Highway 99, follow Highway 140 east to Yosemite National Park. Follow the signs to Yosemite Valley. Once in the valley, drive to any of the available parking areas around the Visitor Center or Curry Village and take a shuttle bus to the Happy Isles bus stop.
A free map is available when you enter the park. For a USGS topographic map, ask for Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. There are also many excellent trail books covering the Yosemite National Park area that are available at any good book store.
Who to contact:
Public Information Office, National Park Service, PO Box 577, Yosemite National park, CA 95489; (209) 372-0200
Werner Hager at email@example.com
Last updated October 10, 1997.
Copyright 1996, 1997 by Werner W. Hager and Micromoms. All rights reserved.