Elevation: 1,427 meters (4,682 feet)
The Mist Trail is one of the most popular short hikes in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. The hike follows the Merced River, starting at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, past Vernal Fall, Emerald Pool, to Nevada Fall.
Along the trail, the Merced River is a tumultuous mountain stream, lying in a U-shaped valley. Enormous boulders, some the size of a house, are dwarfed by the sheer faces of exfoliating granite, which rise 3000 feet from the river. Through it all, the Merced river rushes down from its source in the High Sierra, and broadens on the floor of Yosemite Valley.
A trail which links to the John Muir Trail starts after crossing from the Happy Isles. Depending on one's conditioning, a bridge which re-crosses the river the halfway point of a hike to the foot of Vernal Fall can be reached in 15 to 30 minutes.