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Vernal and Nevada Falls. Trekking in Yosemite National Park

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Tour the incredible landscape that takes us to the waterfalls of Vernal and Nevada Fall supposed to perform one of the best Trekking in Yosemite National Park. A simple and perhaps a little saturated route that will allow us to get an idea of ​​why this national park is one of the most visited of theU.S.


Vernal and Nevada Falls. Trekking in Yosemite National Park

Trekking in Yosemite National Park

We are facing any Saturday in Yosemite National Park where we planned to make two hiking trails in a single day, known as Vernal + Nevada Falls and the Mirror lake at the feet of himself Half dome, the gigantic rock massif of more than 2000 meters of altitude.

The day was very good, perhaps with a little heat but visibility was very good, with the rivers and waterfalls overflowing with water, an ideal condition to visit a couple of them, the Vernal and the Nevada, two impressive waterfalls completely different and whose discovery left us marked the whole trip.

Route through Vernal and Nevada falls

The route starts at a place called Nature Center at Happy Isles, next to the campsite of Upper Pines where there is a parking lot where we leave the car. From this point and up to two kilometers ahead of the route, the road will be totally paved and act for wheelchairs so we saw such a large number of people that on some occasion I wanted to turn around. Then later the crowd decreased and we were able to make the route with some more calm.


Trekking in Yosemite National Park

Quickly they began a series of strong ramps and in the background a great anticipated roar what we would later find, the Vernal Fall. We crossed a river that marched overflowing with water and on the other side there was a small cabin that served as public toilets but at that time it was closed because the septic tank had collapsed when the river water rose.


Vernal and Nevada Falls. Trekking in Yosemite National Park

Later we find the road crossing where we would return after descending from the top of the mountain, but our direction was directly towards the Vernal waterfall. We honestly thought it was spectacular, enlarged with the amount of water that was falling preventing us from taking a picture because the lens kept getting wet. In fact, for a 5-minute stretch we broke to the bone, having to keep a camera and phones so they wouldn't break down.


Vernal and Nevada Falls. Trekking in Yosemite National Park

Shortly after leaving the cloud of water that produced the waterfall we quickly dried expressly, largely by the wind and the strong heat prevailing. After that we passed over the waterfall by a walkway that delayed us a long time due to its narrowness and saturation.


Vernal and Nevada Falls. Trekking in Yosemite National Park

After the trance came calm. The road became quite calm as many people stayed to rest in the highest part of the waterfall where there was a great plain ideal for sunbathing as a lizard.


Vernal and Nevada Falls. Trekking in Yosemite National Park

From here the road began to hide through a forest where there are a series of small waterfalls until we reach the foot of the Nevada Fall, the queen of the waterfalls in the area. On his left the Liberty Cap, the monstrous rocky that ruled the area.


Vernal and Nevada Falls. Trekking in Yosemite National Park

To overcome this section we had to overcome some 250m slope using a zig zag that easily gained ground. This for many was the toughest section of the route and therefore at the end of this, at the head of the waterfall, used to make a great stop for lunch.


Vernal and Nevada Falls. Trekking in Yosemite National Park

After overcoming the strong stretch we continue the path attached to a river that fed the great waterfall. As expected at the end of this, the head of the waterfall was reached, which was to take off his hat. Simply sticking his head and looking down he put on goosebumps.


Vernal and Nevada Falls. Trekking in Yosemite National Park

We crossed to the other side of the waterfall and decided to stop along the way, time to taste the sandwiches we had prepared a few hours before. The truth that they knew to us to glory although the ingredients were not of high quality.


Vernal and Nevada Falls. Trekking in Yosemite National Park

We began to take the road back while constantly turning around so as not to miss the great panorama we had. We thought it was so beautiful that we decided to make another small stop to enjoy ourselves for a few minutes.


Vernal and Nevada Falls. Trekking in Yosemite National Park

We begin to smell the end of the route as we enter again in a lush pine forest. The road became an endless zig zag until we found the crossing we saw at the beginning of the route, just below the Vernal Fall.


Vernal and Nevada Falls. Trekking in Yosemite National Park

Something more than 4h on a route that we believe is essential in Yosemite, taking into account that we could combine it with other routes such as the Mirror lake If the forces are with you.

More information on the website of the Yosemite National Park.

Practical data

Before leaving for the United States

  • United States Planet's Guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • Car rental in USA with a 15% discount
  • The best excursions in the United States

When to visit Yosemite National Park?

Ideally, visit it in spring when most of the roads are open and there are no closed trails. The bad thing that from summer it is quite hot and on many occasions the waterfalls and rivers closest to the valley are practically dry, so it is convenient to look in advance at the webcams of the park so as not to bring us a sad surprise. Still, the visit is well worth it.

Is the route to Vernal and Nevada Falls very hard?

If our intention is to visit Vernal, comment that any type of physical condition can reach it. Then climbing to Nevada will depend on how you have reached the other waterfall but in any case the difficulty is basic and the level of effort is not very large if you take it easy.

What does it cost to enter Yosemite

The cost of access to Yosemite National Park is 30$ and is billed per vehicle. This pass is valid for 7 consecutive days.

How to get to Yosemite

The ideal is to arrive by car to travel it to our pleasure. Even so, there is a free internal bus service and some public transport option to arrive from cities like San Francisco. Here for example you can take a bus to Merced withAmtrak and from there another to Yosemite.

Where to sleep?

Be careful with this point because we can take a dislike. Yosemite is the most visited national park in the United States, so staying here can be a headache if we don't book months in advance. In my case, I tried to book a cabin a month and a half in advance and it was impossible, with the tent being the only option, or going to a hotel in Butterfly an hour from the valley, since he was not willing to pay for a room the chilling amount of 500$

He camping It is the most economical option and without a doubt the one that will best integrate us with the park. To reserve a place just go to theYosemite National Park website. and its cost is usually 26$ by store However there is a camping series that no reservation required and access is only cut once they are filled. These campsites are:

  • Camp 4 : Located at the base of the captain and ideal for climbing. Located in the Yosemite Valley.
  • Bridalveil Creek : closed in winter to be located on the road that goes up to the Glacier Point view.
  • Tamarack Flat / White Wold / Porcupine Flat / Tuolumne Meadows : located on the Tioga road, therefore closed for much of the year.
  • Yosemite view lodge: hotel of great proportions at the gates of Yosemite. Despite its size it is recommended to book.

If we camp for free on a multi-day route, we must take a permit that costs about 5$.

Another option is the cabins, which are really large tents with a multitude of amenities, many of them optional such as TV, heating, ..., etc. for a higher cost than 100$ night.

And of course, there is always the hotel option, mainly in Yosemite Village But the prices are really high.

Guided tours to Yosemite

If we don't have time we can always opt for a guided tour to Yosemite where we will see the main points.

Yosemite excursion

Other fantastic places near San Francisco?

  • Hiking through Pinnacles National Park : route through the national park closest to the city.
  • Muir Woods : the closest redwood forest visited from San Francisco.
  • Whale Watching in Monterrey.
  • Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.
  • Big Basin Redwoods : If Muir woods fell short, this is your place.
  • Trekking in Yosemite
  • Lake Tahoe and Mount Tallac

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