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    Yosemite

    National Park California

Mist Trail Temporarily Closed in Yosemite National Park

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Date: July 19, 2011

The Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park has been temporarily closed until at least noon tomorrow, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, or longer. Visitors wishing to hike from Happy Isles will need to ascend the John Muir Trail, bypassing the Mist Trail, which leads to Vernal Fall.  

The park has received unconfirmed reports of one or more visitors going over Vernal Fall early this afternoon. Rangers are currently on scene conducting a search and rescue operation.  

No further information is available at this time. The park will issue a news release when the trail reopens or information becomes available.

 

Did You Know?

Vernal and Nevada Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.