Follow the Rainbow to the Mist Trail in Yosemite

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

It's time to take a hike and see what literal dreams are made of at the Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park! This beautiful 7-mile round-trip hike showcases your true character and is not for the weak. Ranked as moderately strenuous, nature's granite stairway makes sure to elevate you over 4,000 feet and drop you into a spectacular piece of Earth that you physically have to see to believe. As you keep propelling forward, the views become more and more spectacular. Cascading waterfalls, gorgeous rainbows, and captivating views from beginning to end truly make this trail worth every wet and misty step. 

Perfect For

  • Group adventure hike

  • Yosemite National Park

  • Hiking the Mist Trail

  • Hiking for two

  • Personal hiking adventure

Packing List

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



  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

Q & A

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

Rules & Safety

SEASONAL CLOSURE: During the winter months, portions of the John Muir Trail in Yosemite are closed. Visitors can still visit the falls, but you must return on the stairs, instead of returning on the John Muir Trail.

Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is per person.