Posted By Fred Lusk
To get a jump on it all, I took my 20-yr-old son to Yosemite on the 7th to hike to the top of Vernal Fall. He's been just past the bridge below the fall, but no further. I have done this hike or beyond maybe ten times. It never gets old. The day we went was the first day the Mist Trail was open (if you've ever hiked it in the Spring or early Summer, you know why it's called that). Since neither one of us has hiked since last fall, we decided to use the John Muir trail instead.
There are three advantages to the John Muir trail:
- because it's longer, it's not as steep, and my knees are as old as I am
- because it doesn't come near the falls, it's not wet
- it leads to Clark Point, which is a fantastic viewpoint above Vernal Fall
Here are a series of photos from our hike, paired up to reduce the number of messages. The first two are Vernal Fall from Clark Point. Vernal is 317 feet tall.