Vernon and Nevada falls

Vernon and Nevada falls

This is a very popular hike and you will probably walk together with a lot of other happy hikers! A good thing is to take the John Muir Trail back down. 


Starting/Finishing Point

Happy Isles

(Bus stop, also the stop for Half Dome hike)


12 km

Length of Time

4-6 hours


+/- 600 metres



Water along the way


Shoes to choose

Trail running shoes


How to get to Nevada and Vernon falls?

The first part of this hike is strenous, but easy to walk since there are 600 granite steps all the way up to Vernon Falls and then a steep rocky path further up to Nevada Falls. The views of the waterfalls are impressive.

When you reach the Nevada Falls, cross the footbridge that crosses the stream, Merced River, above the fall. From this point go straight ahead to the start of the John Muir Trail for a loop trail back to the bus stop.

Where to stay in Yosemite?

Ahwahnee is an iconic hotel and well worth a visit even if you choose not stay here. Take a look at the garden, the beautiful saloons and the exterior of this granite building. It is also one of our favourite hotels.

In Yosemite village you find a few other hotels and a camping. Be sure to book well in advance at least a year ahead.

Getting around in Yosemite

You are strongly adviced not to go with your own car around Yosemite Valley. If everyone did that it would be crowded in no time. There are shuttle buses to all the places you want to go from the hotels and the camping.

Where to eat in Yosemite?

Buy a sandwich of your choice in the Yosemite Center for lunch on your hike. For dinner you have two restaurants at the Ahwahnee hotel, the grand room and a simpler but really nice cafe/restaurant. You can also buy a pizza or a salad at the pizzeria close to the Visitors Center.

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