Just a bit up the trail, you come to a nice trail sign (image to the left) that lists all the mileages to key areas in the park including Tuolumne Meadows which makes up a good part of Yosemite's high country. Note the final entry on the sign indicating that Mt Whitney
is 211 miles away.
Because the Mist Trail is made up of multitudes of stone steps, be sure to wear sturdy comfortable shoes or boots. And if it's a cooler day, having a bit of rain gear would be a good idea, because you are going to get wet if you make the hike during a time of heavy runoff.
Keep in mind when hiking the Mist Trail that undercut banks, slippery rocks, cold water, and fast moving water can whip up a recipe for extreme danger. Most deaths in Yosemite happen because folks do not give fast moving water the respect it demands. Stay behind railings and watch your footing. Do not swim in pools above waterfalls and keep a close eye on your children.
Happy Isles is also the northern stating points for the John Muir Trail. This world famous trail goes for 211 miles and traverses some of the most beautiful mountain scenery anywhere in the world. Once a hiker travels about 9 miles out of the valley floor, he or she will spend most of their time above 8,000 feet. When hiking from north to south, the hiker will ascend over 46,000 feet, and descend about 38,000 feet. Lots of work for sure, but it would be an adventure you will never forget.
The trail ends at Mt Whitney
, which tops out at 14,497 feet. It is the highest point in the continental United States.