Yosemite is arguably the greatest natural treasure of the United States. It’s an absolutely stunning park, one that gives countless people from around the world the chance to experience the natural beauty of the country that appealed to the natives who once inhabited it and its future settlers.
While there are many hiking trails throughout the park, there is perhaps none more breathtaking (and more dangerous) than the Mist Trail. This trail takes hikers up the Half Dome, offering stunning views of the surrounding park. The trail itself is over 14 miles long, so it’s definitely for those who are physical fit and prepared for a long day’s journey. Also, hikers will need to be prepared for the end of the trail, which requires the use of steel cables to get to the top.
If you’re physically prepared for it, and you’re okay with a little bit of danger, than the Mist Trail is incredibly rewarding! So, let’s take a look at it shall we? What follows are 16 jaw-dropping pictures that show why thousands of people hike this trail every single day!
1. Lay of the Land
Highlighted in yellow on the map above, you can see the extent of the Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park.
2. Final Destination
If you manage to make the entire 14 plus mile hike, you’ll be treated to stunning views from atop the Half Dome.
This picture gives you an idea of why the Mist Trail is called the Mist Trail. It is, literally, quite wet and misty on the way up!
All of that mist can make traversing the many stairs of the Mist Trail much harder than you might think it would be.