the pool below Vernal Fall

Below Vernal Fall

In autumn, when the waters of the Merced River have calmed and the giant slice of rainbow-sprinkled chocolate cream pie has emerged from the depths, hikers begin slipping down the hill to hang out by the emerald pool below Vernal Fall.

It's important to point out now that every year, people die because they got too close to the water on the Mist Trail. They don't just get swept over the waterfalls - they get caught in the current and don't have the strength to escape, even downstream from the falls. Clambering down this slope earlier in the year is something you simply shouldn't do. Remember that if you die doing so, you can't possibly blame this website (not least because you'd be, after all, dead).