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Vernal Falls

Vernal Fall is a 317 feet (97 m) waterfall on the Merced River just downstream of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park, California.

The feature is accessible via the Mist Trail, which climbs close enough to the fall so that hikers must travel through the fall's mist. It is also clearly visible from Glacier Point.

The waterfall runs all year long, although by the end of summer it is substantially reduced in volume and can split into multiple strands, rather than a single curtain of water.

 

The bueaty comes with a price though. In July 2011 three college students were swept into the waterfall when posing for a picture in the Merced river, and plunged 317 feet to their deaths. The victims were identified as Ramina Badal, 21; Hormiz David, 22; and Ninos Yacoub, 27. They were all members of a close-knit community of Christians with roots in the Middle East. There were almost 50 witnesses at the top of the fall when the tradegy occured.

It is always importiant to remeber that this is nature, wild and untamed, and it does pose a danger to humans. So all you nature lovers, hikers and climbers, please be extra carefull out there.

     

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Taken on August 17, 2011