Description - From the high country of Yosemite National Park, the Merced River shows no mercy on its headlong rush through glacier-carved canyons, rugged mountains and foothills to the San Joaquin Valley.
- From the high country of Yosemite National Park, the Merced River shows no mercy on its headlong rush through glacially-carved canyons, rugged mountains and foothills to the San Joaquin Valley. Ample access points allow you to punch rapids at your own pace. Get one of those trout yourself and plunk it in a pan over an open fire at Railroad Flat or McCabe Flat campgrounds.
Designated Wild and Scenic Sections: Highway 140 to Foresta Bridge. Take left on Foresta Bridge to Incline Road. Take left on Incline Road. Put-in: Redbud, Cranberry, Briceburg and Indian Flat. Take-out: Briceburg, McCabe Flat, Railroad Flat, Bagby Reservoir. Portage: Mandatory at North Fork Falls.
Recreation - Some of the opportunities on the Merced include fishing and rafting. This river is class 3 to class 4.
Climate - Days in California are typically clear with less than 25 percent humidity. Temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average high of 85 degrees F and a low of 50 degrees F respectively. Winter brings cooler days, around 60 degrees F, and freezing nights. It occasionally snows at higher elevations. Summers are hot, over 100 degrees F during the day and not cooling much below 75 degrees F until the early morning.
The Merced flows from the central Sierra Nevada, through Yosemite National Park, and into the San Joaquin Valley.