You must witness the wonders of Yosemite National Park. The land was once home to various Native American tribes for over 3,000 years, including the Sierra Miwok, Mono, and Paiute tribes. Yosemite Valley transferred ownership to the State of California in 1864, with pioneer Galen Clark becoming the first guardian of the land. After naturalist John Muir and a group of his colleagues campaigned for preservation of the land, an act of Congress created Yosemite National Park in 1890. Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias were officially added to Yosemite National Park after U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt signed a bill in 1906. By 1932, nearly 21,000 acres were added to the national park. Now hikers can explore vast meadows, giant sequoias, deep valleys, and much more.
The Mist Trail is a 7-mile, round trip trail that leads to breathtaking views of what Yosemite National Park has to offer, including Vernal and Nevada Falls (combined height of 900 feet). The trailhead starts at an elevation of 4,000 feet. In order to reach the top of both waterfalls, hikers climb an additional 1,900 feet in elevation. The hike to Vernal Fall is quite popular, especially when the water is high, so be ready for heavy crowds. The heavy crowds diminish on the remainder of the hike. It takes around 5 hours to accomplish Yosemite’s signature hike. What makes the Mist Trail the park’s signature hike is that it offers more than one spectacular view, including the two waterfalls, the Liberty Cap, and the back of the iconic Half Dome.
It’s time to witness the wonders of Yosemite National Park.