Follow the Rainbow to the Mist Trail in Yosemite

Breathtaking waterfalls, mist covered steps, and a rainbow ending!

Last updated: May 2024



    397 Miles from you


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  1. Arrive early to begin hike
  2. Start at Happy Isles Trailhead #16
  3. Stroll along the river and over the footbridge
  4. Get your first glimpse of Vernal Falls
  5. Take John Muir trail to see great views of Nevada Falls
  6. Pose for breathtaking photos of the Mist Trail
  7. Soak in the views and nature's gift surrounding you



Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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Packing List

  • hiking shoes
  • sunscreen
  • water
  • backpack
  • layers of clothing
  • hat
  • snacks


Are dogs allowed on this trail? 
Due to slick conditions and elevations, dogs are not allowed on this trail.

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