We hiked up the Mist Trail in very low water conditions. Vernal Fall was just trickling. I wanted to get up to Nevada in order to see an old rock friend of mine.
That photo was taken long ago during peak flow. Nevada Fall is just to the left of the photo. Even back in the trees near the trail it was misty.
The first day we walked up to the base of Vernal.
Up the Mist Trail.
Under the flake at Vernal Fall. Wished for my 5X7. This was crawling around on me begging to be shot, but I was in tourist mode.
You could actually climb down to the pool under the fall.
Saw a couple of things I would have liked a negative of. Mostly looking at the flaked area under the water.
On a nice place right at the falls there was a hole that looked a LOT like a metate for grinding acorns. The Miwok did have access to this area this time of year, just as the acorns were coming down.
When it's at peak flow, they lose bodies in here.
The next day we did it again but pushed to the top edge of Vernal.
And went wading where people get swept away during normal flow.
I walked on up to Nevada and climbed out to touch my rock friend.
Some sporty scrambling got me around to the actual base of Nevada. I did see a photo I wanted on the rock face. In fact, I saw several. Nothing but an iphone along.
There's a real photo in this. Maybe next year.
Cooler up there now and the sun has swung even more to the South. Glad to be able to climb around at the base of both falls.