Yosemite Mist Trail Day Hike | Lasting Adventures

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The Yosemite Mist Trail hike offers beautiful scenery of Yosemite’s astonishing landmarks from start to finish. Walking besides towering waterfalls, viewing the Valley from the Panorama Trail and Glacier Point, and an awesome descent and return to the Valley from the historic 4-mile trail. This strenuous day-trip offers a TOTAL Yosemite experience for the visitor who is in good shape. The Yosemite Mist Trail is an iconic destination not to be missed!


Meeting Location: Half Dome Village Store at 4,035′
High Point: Glacier Point: 7,214′
Elevation Gain & Loss: 3,179′

This hike begins at 7am when we meet in Half Dome Village. Half Dome Village offers a wondrous view of the infamous Half-Dome, which will be viewed in 180 degrees throughout this trek. We will head east and begin our actual hike on the John Muir Trail at Happy Isles. From here, it is a strenuous, uphill charge upon a paved trail for the first mile, and an even more strenuous following half mile tracing the Merced River up a misty, granite-laid staircase to the top of the 317’ tall Vernal Fall. Amazing photographic opportunities are all around. The next ¾ of a mile or so takes you up another stone stairway to the top of our next scenic stop, 594’ waterfall, Nevada Fall. After enjoying a relaxing and breathe-taking pit stop here, the hike continues a half mile along flat terrain until we reach the last serious uphill charge of the day, a mile-long switchback gaining 700 vertical feet to the Panorama Trail junction. The subsequent scenic 2.5 miles is mostly level, with a few ups and downs, traversing the southern rim of Illilouette Gorge, to the top of our third and final waterfall of the day, Illilouette Falls. This is a great destination to stop for lunch.

From this checkpoint, the hike continues on uphill switchbacks for 1.5 miles to the peak of Glacier Point at 7,214′, where incredible views of Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, and Yosemite’s most famous, 2,425’ waterfall series, Yosemite Falls are offered. Reward yourself with an ice cream in the Gift Shop as you celebrate your 3,179 feet of elevation gain. Glacier Point has a unique historical background detrimental to the establishment and evolution of Yosemite National Park, which will be discussed and pointed out while here.

To end the day we will descend 4.7 miles from Glacier Point to the base of Sentinel Rock, dropping back nearly 3,200 vertical feet back into Yosemite Valley. Now most likely exhausted after a long 14 or so mile day, we will have the option to take a bus back to Curry Village or hike the additional 2-miles to complete our loop.

Price Includes: Custom Lasting Adventures “Get High on Granite” Souvenir T-shirt.

Guides carry first aid kits, water purification methods, toilet paper (for emergencies), suntan lotion and bug repellent. Please plan to bring your own lunch, snacks, water bottles, etc. Remember, all profits from our guided trips go towards supporting our youth summer camp program.

Note: Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. You will be kept in contact throughout this process.

Trip Specifics:

Length: 10-12 Hours
Mileage: 14-16 Miles
Rating: Strenuous
Meet: Half Dome Village Store, 7am
Available: April-Nov.
Winter: pending conditions
Cost: 1 person: $300
2 people: $160 each
3+ people: $120 each
2016 Dates: Choose a Date!