Vernal Falls Yosemite National Park

There are few words that I can write to express the beauty at Yosemite National Park, so I won’t even try.

John Muir said it best, ¬†“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

Come along on this photo journey of Yosemite National Park Vernal Falls

Mist Trail

Our first hike of the trip was all the way to the top of Nevada Falls but today I will be showing photos of our journey to Vernal Falls, the first stop


We opted not to take the usual Mist Trail to Vernal Falls, which is a paved and full of hikers, we opted to take a back trail. Little did we realize we were on a “Stock Only” trail, and this ¬†packer was not too happy to see us on his trail, we moved aside and I took a picture. What else was I suppose to do?

Vernal Falls Packer


Once you get to the Vernal Falls Foot Bridge, you will start the granite stair case climb.

Vernal Falls Stairs

Here is a pretty hiker that stopped to take in the beautiful scenery. As you can see she is well prepared for this hike, wearing good fitting shoes, light layers of clothing, you never know what the weather will be and plenty of water and snacks. I love her headband! She is such a fashionista hiker.

Vernal Falls hikerThis was the view she stopped to admire.

Vernal Falls View

This is the reward at the end of the hike…Vernal Falls, not as much water this year but still some.

Vernal Falls

And if you are really lucky, you will see one of these.,,,
Vernal Falls RainbowA beautiful rainbow at the end of the trail and of course lots of mist.

Come back next time, I want to tell you about our interesting lunch at the top of Vernal Falls. Not to leave you hanging but we weren’t the only ones having lunch that day.

Have you ever hiked to Vernal Falls, would love to hear your story, leave us a comment now, or perhaps you would like to one day, let us know.

Thanks for joining us for another Tale for the Trail

Until Next Time,

Happy Trails






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  1. These images are just amazing, Lisa. This is on our bucket list definitely! So breathtaking, thanks for sharing with us!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Delia, when you go, a great time to visit is Spring when the water falls are full or Fall, not as much water, but a special beauty all its own! Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

  2. I am thinking about going up next week and was wondering what current conditions will be like because of the drought. My daughter is 22 and never been so I think it is about time we do a mom/daughter mini vacation. Your post has inspired me. Thanks!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Hi Jordan, thanks for stopping by My Western Heart! Despite the drought in CA, it did not tarnish the beauty of Yosemite, there was enough water still. You can check road conditions by googling Yosemite road conditions, it will give you up to the minute weather and road conditions. Please stop by again and always feel free to comment! How did you hear about us?

  3. Never been to Yosemite National Park and looking at your photo journey wish I had been when I was in shape. to climb. Being out in the splendour of nature is always rewarding. Thanks for my armchair exploration.

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Hi Roslyn thanks for coming along today, all travel is good, no matter how we do it, even from an armchair! This week we are sharing a recent trip to Whitefish Montana, I invite you to come along, we had lots of snow on our trip. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. These are beautiful photos. I was in the Redwoods last summer and hope to make it to Yosemite this summer. You’ve inspired me to make that happen!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Hi Heather and welcome to My Western Heart, I briefly visited the Red Woods 2 years ago, we were on our way home from Oregon and ran out of time to really get to see much. You have inspired me to add Red Woods back on my list :). Yosemite is magnificent, I will be posting more on it this Spring, i still need to show everyone the Bob cat that had lunch with us. Come back again!

  5. That last photo with the rainbow is just stunning! I would love to go hiking there!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Hi and welcome! Yes , I must have caught the light just right to get that rainbow. If you come to CA this is a place to see! A real must and a true treasure! Thanks for stopping in!

  6. Looks like a wonderful and uplifting adventure you had in Yosemite. I have friends in northern California who also travel there to hike and commune with nature. Your photos definitely invite us all to take the trip and have an experience of this amazing and vast national park. Vernal Falls sounds like a magical choice and I really appreciated your comments to accompany the photos! Happy trails…

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Hi Beverley and thanks for commenting! Yosemite is the absolute place to get back in touch with nature, it does so much good for my soul. National parks are a treasure! Please come back and visit again, this week we are exploring beautiful Whitefish Montana! Happy Trails!

  7. What a lovely, scenic hike! I’m cracking up over the “stock only” trail. At least you have a fun story!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Hi Bekah and welcome to My Western Heart, yes it was a lovely hike and we even made it to the top of Nevada Falls and had lunch with a Bob cat, which I need need to blog on..
      Please come back again!

  8. I love your sense of adventure. No paved trails for you! Lovely photos; them make me want to visit Yosemite. Looks amazing.

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Hi Tammi, thanks for stopping by My Western Heart! You hit that on head, no paved trails for me! Give me dirt, rocks or what have you! Stop by again!!

  9. Looks like a beautiful hike. We have never been to Yosemite, but we have to go. I love that you were rewarded with a rainbow at the end. Makes all the hard work worth it! Stopping by from Delia’s challenge.

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Hi Kirsten, and welcome to My Western Heart! The rainbow was a nice reward at the top of this hike, when hiking there always seems to be some reward waiting, nature is fun that way. Thanks for stopping by, and come back again!

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