Merced River Trail

Mariposa, California 95338

Merced River Trail

Merced River Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Following an old railroad bed, this out-and-back hike breaches the wild lower gorge of the Merced River, where hikers can explore the remains of an old mining settlement. Arriving at the North Fork of the Merced, you will find the pier of the old railroad bridge, the trestle long since washed away. The path swerves right, going up the canyon of the North Fork as it pours over its rocky bed. Watch out for poison oak. Along the banks are strewn the ruins of rock walls and ditches built by miners. The most intriguing is about 0. 2 mile upstream, where the trail passes a large boulder that serves as a roof on an underground chamber, walled off in the front with rocks."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours.
April through June is best for wildflowers and water displays, though high water might prevent crossing of the Merced River’s north fork. October through March are pleasant, local weather conditions permitting. The hot days of July through September should be avoided, unless you plan to swim.
1,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,050 feet
Top Elevation
Mariposa Inter-Agency Visitor Center
Local Contacts
USGS Bear Valley, Buckhorn Peak.
Local Maps

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Sep 2018