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Mist Trail to Nevada Falls and John Muir Trail Loop - Yosemite National Park

Weather Permitting- but bring a rain jacket because the Mist trail is a soaker.
8-miles, the first 4 miles are very strenuous

We're doing this in one day, but if you'd like to go up the night before, here's a place that's been recommended.
Yosemite Bug

Tentative schedule:
5:00am meet at REI for carpool arrangements
5:15am leave REI we can't wait for latecomers
7:30am Carrow's Restaurant at Hwy 99 and Hwy 140 east in Merced
10:15am arrive Yosemite's Curry Village parking area and catch the shuttle bus to Happy Isles (stop #16)
10:30am begin hike (aproximately 5 hours of hiking plus 1/2 hour for lunch)
4:15pm leave park
6:15pm stop for dinner (Fresh Choice in Modesto, or wherever your car group chooses)
9:00pm arrive REI Yosemite
Mist and John Muir Loop to Nevada Falls
first 1/2 very strenuous
5 hours

Start at Happy Isles and follow the signed trail to the footbridge over the Merced River.
We'll take the loop clockwise starting with the Mist Trail up past Vernal Falls continuing up to Nevada Falls. There we'll enjoy the view for awhile, eat and catch our breath.
For the return trip we'll cross the footbridge over Nevada Falls and follow the John Muir Trail down to loop back around to the bottom of Vernal Falls. Bring all your gear, including water- proof poncho or jacket (for Mist Trail) and plenty of food and water.
No dogs allowed on trail.

Cost: $20 per vehicle to enter park (bring your National Park Pass if you have one)
Carpool pitch-in approximately $2.50 per hour of driving ($15 per person). My cell: (916)[masked]

From Sacramento:
Distance: 176 mi
Time: 4 hours each way
Take Highway 99 south to
Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    That was such a beautiful route. I had never been back in there, didn't know it even existed. It blew my mind. The fellow hikers were awesome. The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too much snow left on the ground.

    April 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are you kidding me it's Yosemite...nothing less than amazing!!

    April 19, 2009

  • Bruce P.

    Shannon & Gary - thanks again for another AWESOME!!! hike in the most beautiful place in the whole wide world.

    April 19, 2009

  • Lee

    Great day, awsome hike. Falls were awsome. Always great people on the hikes. Everyone did the wall. After you all left, at about 6:30 that night I have a few shots of a bear that wondered into the meadowand was eating some grass it looked like. I will post them.

    April 19, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I could have rated this hike super duper freakin awesome, I would have! Gary and Shannon, WOW!! I do not have words for how stinkin cool this hike was! It was such an emotional experience for me.
    So happy I had my first timer (Yosemite) with all of you that went! Great group!!!! Gary/Shannon, think about that rating..maybe add it on for the next time.. Great just doesn't serve the purpose sometimes!

    April 19, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a wonderful day. The waterfalls were beautiful and the scenery spectacular.

    April 18, 2009

  • Lee

    I will meet you there. I will probably go down thursday. May go to Hetch Hetchy for one day then yosemite on fri. sat, sun. I will have my radio. See ya there.

    April 14, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Lee, I love the webcam link.

    April 13, 2009

  • Lee

    This is Yosemites webcam site. awsome views of Half Dome with snow from Sentinel Dome. Some valley floor cams also. If you go to home from this page it gives you park info. closed roads and trails etc.

    December 28, 2008

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