Hiking up to Vernal Falls

View of Vernal Falls from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

View of Vernal Falls from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

Beginning of the hike to Vernal Falls

Beginning of the hike to Vernal Falls

Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.

Plus, it is a hiker’s paradise with all of the numerous trails leading through breath-taking scenery.

This small picture gallery reflects a hike that my husband, Dan, and I took to Vernal Falls in November 2008.  It is the first waterfall on the famous Half Dome Trail.

View of Yosemite Falls from the Vernal Falls Trail.

View of Yosemite Falls from the Vernal Falls Trail.

Dan climbed to the top of Half Dome many years ago, but I was not feeling that adventurous.  I did, however, want to experience part of the trail, so we decided to visit Vernal Falls.

View of Vernal Falls from the trail.

View of Vernal Falls from the trail.

The picture in the top left was taken from Glacier Point Overlook in May 2008, just months before our hike.

View of Vernal Falls from the trail.

View of Vernal Falls from the trail.

This vantage point provides a great panoramic view of the Half Dome hike. To the left is Half Dome. The lower falls are Vernal Falls and the upper falls are Nevada Falls.  From this height, one can also see far back into the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Climbing up, up to the falls. At this point there were some very steep stairs.

Climbing up, up to the falls. At this point there were some very steep and very wet stairs.

The rest of the photos are of our climb to Vernal Falls. The scenery is stunning all along the way.

The hike itself was only two and a half miles round trip, but it was all uphill. We gained 1000 feet in elevation in the one and a quarter mile climb.

Front view of Vernal Falls from the trail.

Front view of Vernal Falls from the trail. The water spray made the staircase slippery.

Close to the falls were some steep, rocky steps. The mist from the falls made them very slippery and wet.

The falls themselves were spectacular! Enjoy the pictures!

Climbing up to the top of Vernal Falls.

Climbing up to the top of Vernal Falls.

Because of the beauty all around me that day, I was reminded of the first two verses of an old hymn:

“For the beauty of the earth,

For the glory of the skies,

For the love which from our birth

Over and around us lies;

View from the top of Vernal Falls. Unfortunately, every year someone topples over these falls to their death.

View from the top of Vernal Falls. Unfortunately, every year someone topples over these falls to their death.

 

For the wonder of each hour

Of the day and of the night,

Hill and vale and tree and flower,

Sun and moon and stars of light:

 

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our hymn of grateful praise.”

(Text: Folliort S. Pierpoint, altered)

 

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4 thoughts on “Hiking up to Vernal Falls

  1. Love this…..thanks for sharing. The pictures are breathtaking! Beautiful!

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  2. Amen! Great views! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Those are beautiful! Very inspiring!!!

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