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April 15, 2017

Yosemite 4 - the Mist Trail

The Mist Trail has to be one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite.  Expect lots of company at least to the top of Vernal Falls, but from there the crowds all but disappear.  The map shows a nice clockwise loop, but we’ll face the winter trail closures.
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As we again cross the bridge over the Merced River at Happy Isles Kg snaps a picture of one of the ‘happy islands’.
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The trail will show off several ephemeral falls and a brief glimpse of the shy Illilouette Falls.
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This section of the trail is wide and paved to the footbridge below Vernal Falls.
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From the footbridge it’s a quarter mile to the 600 + steps of the Mist Trail.
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The top of Vernal Falls makes a good lunch stop, even tho we are only about a quarter thru today’s hike.
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Kg captured this video from the top of Vernal Falls:
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Kg the musician and Aj the cross country runner find no issue with the steps nor altitude.  Jay the bicyclist and Fran the tennis player are able to pace them.  Kami and I took our time and got to see the rainbow – ha to those who ‘feel the need for speed’.  PB&J sandwiches/burritos make a nice refreshing lunch.
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Above Vernal Falls is the Emerald Pool and a tempting water slide of the Silver Apron that flows into it.
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Kg captured this video of the Silver Apron as it flows into the Emerald Pool:

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The Mist Trail beyond the Emerald Pool is closed and we take the John Muir Trail up, and up, and up, to Clark Point.  The switch backs on this section allow many great views to Nevada Falls or back down to Vernal Falls.
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After taking inventory of reserves both mental and physical at Clark Point we turn down toward the snow field on the John Muir Trail skipping the selfies on the foot bridge at Nevada Falls.
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Meanwhile back at camp … Aj who limped in yesterday has her native shelter finished!
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Complete with welcome sign, fire ring and her prized bow and arrow.
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During our final night in the valley it rains.  The hanging mist and fog makes for some interesting views that Ansel Adams might like.  We exit the park on 140 toward Merced.  Wildcat Falls is spectacular but we do not tarry long, arriving back at the Walmart camping lot in Bakersfield in time for dinner.
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This completes my blog entries on our week in Yosemite Valley.
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