2) Mist Trail, Vernal Falls & Nevada Falls, Yosemite National Park
View of Vernal Falls from Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park
Unless you have your heart set on doing the Half Dome hike at Yosemite National Park, there are plenty of other equally picturesque but moderately strenuous hikes that you can do while enjoying refreshing waterfalls and glorious views of granite mountains which Yosemite is justly famous for. Vernal Falls via the Mist trails is 3 miles round trip and you will get magnificent views of the roaring waterfall all along the trail. Just make sure to watch your footing on the uneven stone stairways, especially when it’s wet and slippery from the waterfall spray. Continuing on the Mist trail for another 1.2 miles (2.4 miles round trip) will bring you to the top of Nevada falls. Both Vernal and Nevada falls make for an especially refreshing hike during the hot summers in Yosemite Valley.