East Valley Floor Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This flat hike, partly along the Merced River, passes through forests, meadows, and a swampy fen, with very fine views of North Dome and the Royal Arches. Along the way you can make an optional visit to the Happy Isles Nature Center and the site of a notorious rockslide. From the trailhead sign marking the John Muir and Mist Trails, follow the wide obvious path straight ahead into the shady ponderosa pine and incense cedar forest.
You will notice another log-lined path cutting off from this one to the left heading back to the shuttle bus road, but the right-hand path is prettier and quieter. Pass a little A-frame structure used for ranger/naturalist talks and soon find yourself clomping across a boardwalk through a swampy area known as The Fen. It’s filled with a dense growth of water-loving horsetails, sedges, and fragrant mints and is a great place to spot birds."