This hike up the Mist Trail is a gorgeous forested and mossy zigzag to a height of 300 meres above sea level, where you will find one of Yosemite’s biggest and most famous waterfalls. At the top of the trail, after some rather precarious but thrilling steps, the Merced River spills over the booming 100 metre tall Vernal Falls. Be careful on the rock steps, which are slippery, and whatever you do, don’t think it’s a good idea to take a dip as it is very dangerous to swim there. While the Mist Trail is a busy track, it’s not too crowded and there is a good sense of camaraderie as people walk up together. From Vernal Falls, you can go higher to the much less crowded Nevada Falls. It’s a 10 kilometre hike all up, but at least the return is downhill.