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Re: Vernal Fall

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avatar Vernal Fall
February 02, 2009 08:02PM
does anyone know if the snow has melted enough yet to hike there?
avatar Re: Vernal Fall
February 02, 2009 09:01PM
Isn't the Mist Trail closed until officially opened in the Spring. Granted it'll probably be early this Spring.

Can't you always just get around the Mist Trail just by using the John Muir Trail? You know - the long way (south of the Mist Trail) around with a lot of switchbacks.
avatar Re: Vernal Fall
February 03, 2009 12:46PM
The Mist Trail gets coated with clear ice in the winter. Makes for some "interesting" hiking.

Re: Vernal Fall
February 02, 2009 11:16PM
You can take the JMT from the junction above the lower Vernal bridge to Clark point...then there's a connecting trail that goes down to the Mist trail above Vernal Fall. That's generally open in winter. (JMT from Clark Point to Nevada Fall is usually closed due to the ice cut).

Whether you can backtrack to the top of Vernal from that connecting trail junction, I don't know, but it's not very far. I'm not sure where the gate is that closes the Mist trail at the top of Vernal.

That section of the JMT up to Clark Point has some areas that get covered with snow, but you usually have a way to get around it.

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