Access to Mist Trail

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  Mist Trail Diversion

Because of the recovery efforts ongoing below Vernal Fall, the Mist Trail might be periodically closed.  You may have to plan on going the longer John Muir Trail to the top of Nevada Fall and on to Half Dome.  Personally, I would not want to bring kids to view the river above the footbridge. It would not be a pleasant sight to witness the recovery of a body.

Change to Mileage Sign

Another interesting development. Look at this photo of the Mileage sign at the start of the Happy Isles/Vernal Fall trail near the Merced River gage station. What’s been covered up?

High Sierra Loop sign

The Emerald Pool info. I imagine the NPS does not want to make it sound like a destination when the water is so high. People might be curious about what it is and venture into the water. If you are not familiar with it, it’s the large wide body of water below the Silver Apron Bridge and above Vernal Fall. Despite KEEP OUT signs, people are often seen swimming there. Most get into trouble from the 43 degree water and have trouble getting out with the smooth granite banks and have to be rescued just 100 yards before the waterfall.

All are welcome

I snapped a shot of this person (it’s a guy) near the Curry Village Lounge. Presented without comment.

Good Morning Campers!!

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Breathe, breathe in the air. Don’t be afraid to care. Leave but don’t leave me. Look around and choose your own ground.” – Pink Floyd 

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. Lori B says:

    Looks like animals aren’t the only wild things in Yosemite to watch out for lol…
    Good thinking on the part of the NPS for covering the sign till the the water flows slow down some. This wasn’t something they HAD to do especially considering they have warning signs posted at the pool. This shows they ARE doing what they can to protect visitors despite what people may claim.

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