Panorama-Mist Trails

Date 2014-05-29
Distance 15.3 km9.5 mi
Duration 7h:25m
Photos 48

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World-class hike from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley along the Panorama and Mist Trails.  Take Glacier Point tour bus from Yosemite Lodge to Glacier Point ($25 one-way) and begin descent on Panorama Trail.  Trail descends to Ilillouette Fall with a nice viewpoint directly across from the fall.  Cross the creek and then begin the one uphill section of the trail before descending down to the top of Nevada Fall and joining the Mist Trail.  Spectacular views of Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls from the Panorama Trail.  Descend the Mist Trail past Nevada Fall to Vernal Fall.  Hiking down the staircase at Vernal Fall provides incredible views of the fall and a first-hand knowledge of how the trail got its name.  Below the fall descend the paved trail across the footbridge to end the hike at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley.  One of the best hikes I have ever done.  Strenuous, but not overly difficult hiking from the top down.  The descent from Nevada Fall to the valley is very steep.