Merced River, Yosemite National Park

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  • Pacific Dogwood on the bank
    Pacific Dogwood on the bank
    by iandsmith
  • Downstream from the main area of the park
    Downstream from the main area of the...
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  • In full flow with the snow melt
    In full flow with the snow melt
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    Happy Isles

    by Tom_Fields Written Apr 11, 2007
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    The Happy Isles are on the Merced River. From the Yosemite shuttle bus, you exit at the Happy Isles stop to hike the Mist Trail (which leads to Vernal and Nevada Falls). So take a few minutes to visit these charming little islands in the river. Check out the Gaging Station. It contains a set of instruments that measure the water's temperature, speed, composition, and other characteristics.

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    Little Yosemite Valley

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 11, 2007
    Yosemite's Little Valley
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    The Merced River flows down through Little Yosemite Valley, down Nevada and then Vernal Falls, to Yosemite Creek. The Mist Trail follows this valley. It's not only the falls that are beautiful, but also the views along the way. Don't forget to stop every so often, look back down the valley, and admire the spectacular scenery.

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    THE River of Yosemite Valley

    by Fewf Written Oct 6, 2006
    At the gauging station in the valley
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    If you spend any time in Yosemite Valley, you'll know this river. It runs right through the middle, and just upstream are Vernal Falls, and then Nevada Falls. My favorite areas are upstream of Nevada Falls, but that's a hike.

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    Merced River

    by roamer61 Written Jun 8, 2006

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    One of the scenic areas in the park are the views of the Merced River. It is one of the most photographed spots due to its serene location. Its locale can be found on a good map of the park.

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