Mist Trail Hike Photos – One Of The Valley’s Most Popular

I made this trek in a less than ideal time of year – at least in terms of waterfall flow. Of course, that’s the main reason hikers make this journey. Still though, I tried to make the most of it. Here are photos of my Mist Trail Hike in late July.

Paved Trail and scenic rock wall - Mist Trail Hike photos
Clearly manmade, but beautiful nonetheless

This may be the only substantial trail I know of in the park that has a paved path for much of the way. In fact, it also has a beautiful rock wall which serves as a safety barrier. After all, you are hiking the side of a mountain.

Paved Forest Path and boulders
Paved Forest Path

Other sections of the walkway pass through beautiful, shaded forests. While it does have steep sections, the paved path is the reason you’ll see children and elderly people on this trail.

Rocky mountainside trail through trees
Rocky mountainside trail

This hike really has a nice variety of terrain and scenery you’ll encounter. Though it doesn’t have any iconic valley vistas to speak of, the waterfalls are truly a sight to see. Especially if you catch them in mid to late spring.

Many hikers stop at the viewpoint of Vernal Fall. However, keep in mind that you can continue the steep climb to the top of the falls, and even hike further to Nevada Fall, upriver. The more ambitious hikers among us will certainly be glad they did.

Of course, I have not included photos of the falls here. Check out my Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall photos for more, as well as my main Yosemite trails gallery for more.

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Photographer Nathan Allen

I’m Nathan Allen, photographer / creator of YosemiteParkPhotos.com (Yosemite Photos) and international travel site I Dreamed Of This. In truth, I lived in San Francisco, New York, & Singapore…but nothing compares to life in the mountains. I share my experiences HERE.