California Mountains

Up the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls

The next morning I started up the Mist Trail with the intention of “power hiking” to Vernal Falls and on to Nevada Falls and then back down via the John Muir Trail, making for a nice loop.  Morning air was chilly, in the upper 40s F temps.  For me, that’s ideal weather when hiking up a steep trail as the sun is warming things up and there’s no wind.

I caught up to a bunch of people at Vernal Falls, some planning to go to the top of Half Dome, as it was the last day before the cables would come down.

Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park
the stairs at vernal falls

I enjoyed the heavy breathing and the lung-and-quad-muscle-burning stairs, taking me back to my days of high school wrestling.  A man was off to the side, looking rather haggard:

“You doing okay?”

“I don’t do this shit, ever.  I’ll be fine.”

Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park

I continued on, stopping up top to snap a few photos before heading towards Nevada Falls.

from the top of vernal falls


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