Merced Lake Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Best done in three days with overnight stops at Little Yosemite Valley (on the way up) and Merced Lake, this hike is often done in two by energetic weekend hikers. Its route, up a fantastic river canyon, is one of the Sierra’s best.
Located at an elevation of about 7,200 feet, relatively large Merced Lake is about 2,000-plus feet lower than the popular lakes reached from Tuolumne Meadows’ trailheads, and therefore it—and the route to reach it—is snowfree sooner and stays accessible into the fall. Also, autumn snowstorms are not a serious concern at these elevations, making October forays quite safe."