Merced River Trail

January 23, 2022
Merced River Trail
Total distanced walked: 1.71 miles

Just outside of Yosemite’s border lies a flat trail that meanders east and west alongside the Merced River.

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On a sunny winter afternoon, my sister and I headed out for a short walk along this path.  The trailhead was just beyond the wire cable suspension bridge known as Briceburg Bridge or the lesser-known name Bull Creek Road Bridge.

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Briceburg Bridge

Re-construction of this “new bridge” began in 1937 where steel beams were used instead of wooden trusses.  In 1997, the bridge was damaged (then repaired) following a flood where the river rose four feet above its deck.

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Once across the bridge, we began our walk.  Being that it was such a spring-like afternoon, we half expected to see wildflowers sprouting.  There were no wildflowers of course, nor did we see any newts as the sign suggested.

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Is my sister the newt on the trail?

The route follows the historic Yosemite Valley Railroad bed.

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Remnants of that bygone era can be seen on the trail.

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Below the trail, the river looked inviting.  Swimming in summertime is a delightful way to cool off.  My family and I do it often.  But you’d need a wetsuit in winter if you wanted to get in.

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We walked only a short distance through the canyon passing families, like us, who were out on a Sunday stroll.

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Colorful canyon wall.

We’ll be back in spring to see the wildflowers bloom.