In February of 2015 my husband and I completed the Mist Trail hike to Nevada Falls. The photo on the left is of Vernal Falls from the Mist Trail during that trip and the right is the same location on another trip in September of 2017.
Despite the difficulty of the trail it is very well trafficked. To avoid the crowds coming up on Mist Trail on our way down we decided we would head back to the car via the John Muir Trail. Deciding on the loop trail allows you to escape the crowds of the Mist Trail while giving you different viewpoints of the waterfalls as well.