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Vernal Falls, located in Yosemite National Park, California. Vernal Fall is a large waterfall on the Merced River just downstream of Nevada Fall. The waterfall runs all year long, although by the end of summer it is substantially reduced in volume and can split into multiple strands, rather than a single curtain of water. Yan-o-pah (little cloud) was the local name of the fall before it was named “Vernal” by Lafayette Bunnell, a member of the Mariposa Brigade in 1851. Once atop the falls there is a pool of water called the Emerald Pool around which hikers lounge and rest. There is also a 20 degree slope of rock with water flowing into the pool called the Silver Apron.  The feature is accessible via the Mist Trail, which climbs close enough to the fall so that hikers must travel through the fall’s mist. It is also clearly visible from Glacier Point. Depending on the time of the year hikers can be totally drenched by the time they pass the mist from the waterfall. The final 15 minutes of the trail is a very steep climb up rocks to the top of the waterfall.

Vernal Falls - California

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