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Merced River

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Merced River

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scrappysquirrel wrote a review Jun. 2019
Mechanicsville, Virginia411 contributions111 helpful votes
We visited Yosemite in mid-June. The Merced River was raging. We saw the river in so many different spots and it was beautiful. Be careful because the current is so strong.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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DawgExplorer wrote a review Jun. 2019
Dalton, Georgia2,533 contributions285 helpful votes
The Merced was raging in early June after quite a bit of snowmelt. White water went on for miles and miles well past the perimeter of the park. It is one of the center pieces of the valley that connects many other highlights of the area.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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PacificNWFamily wrote a review Jun. 2019
Washington State88,016 contributions150 helpful votes
The Merced River in Yosemite Valley was raging along during my June visit. On two different occasions, I sat near the river in the shade and enjoyed a picnic lunch. The river was incredibly loud, but it also offered some cooler temperatures.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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BradJill wrote a review May 2019
Hong Kong, China130,661 contributions23,154 helpful votes
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The Merced River is a river in central California that is fed by the snowmelt within Yosemite National Park. The river winds its way through Yosemite Valley, making a central feature of this area of the park. When visiting the Valley, you won't help but see and spend time near the Merced River. One way roads run along side the Merced River into and out of the valley. There are several nice bridge crossings of the Merced and hiking trails that run along side the river. We visited the Yosemite Valley this past April and were quite impressed with the water flow and natural beauty of the river. Our favourite spot was at the Swinging Bridge picnic area in the center of the Valley. At this location the Merced widens a bit and flows with a flat surface, recreating a reflection pool where you can see Yosemite Falls and the ridge of the valley walls to the north in the standing river water. This was a beautiful spot on the river for photos of the valley. We will specifically seek out a return to this particular location on the Merced when we are next able to visit Yosemite. We also enjoyed stopping along El Portal Road just outside the Valley. There are several pullover locations where you can exit your vehicle and have a look at the river, which runs very rapidly in this location. Lastly, we spent a bit of time on the Merced River near El Portal and Briceburg, where there is a nice walking trail - Merced River Trail. At this location, you can walk alongside the river and enjoy spring blooms during the spring.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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minimize940314 wrote a review Mar. 2019
Los Angeles, California3,354 contributions446 helpful votes
Merced River is a river that flows through Yosemite NP. You would have multiple chance to run into river banks while walking around the NP. Water is very clean so sometimes you may get good reflection on the surface.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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