on November 26, 2005
They don't call this the Mist Trail for nothing. During spring runoff, be sure to bring either your bathing suit or rain gear, because you will get soaked! If you don't want to get wet and are happy with a distant view, hike the moderately steep route to the Vernal Falls bridge. Along this route you will get an impressive view of Illouette Falls, hidden deep in a slot canyon across the river from the trail. There is no trail to the base of this fall although you can get to the top from the Panorama Trail. If you're brave, continue on from the bridge! After rounding a bend, the spray hits you and stays on through most of the 300+ steps you have to climb to the top of Vernal Falls. This trail is the most popular trail in the park, so you will have plenty of company!
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