Merced River, Yosemite National Park

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

    by Tom_Fields Written Apr 11, 2007

    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.

    The Happy Isles Cliffs overlooking the Happy Isles A bridge over the river The Merced River The Gaging Station
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    Little Yosemite Valley

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 11, 2007

    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.

    Yosemite's Little Valley Looking up the Merced River A bridge over the Merced River The view downriver Rapids on the Merced River
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    THE River of Yosemite Valley

    by Fewf Written Oct 6, 2006

    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.

    At the gauging station in the valley Upstream of Nevada Falls

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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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