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.
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
Mist and John Muir Loop to Nevada Falls
8-miles first 1/2 very strenuous
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).
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Distance: 176 mi
Time: 4 hours each way
Take Highway 99 south to
Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park.