Hiking The Merced River Trail

The 30th most popular hiking trail in California.

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West of the Yosemite gates in Mariposa County, the Merced River Trail is a 10 mile one-way hiking route on an old railgrade along the scenic Merced river. The dirt and ballast trail runs from Briceburg (at SR140) to Bagby (at SR 49).

To get to the Trail: From Merced, travel East on Highway 140, about 40 miles to the town of Mariposa. From Mariposa, go 15 miles North on Hwy. 140 to the Briceburg Visitor Center.

Overall, Merced River Trail is the 30th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Merced River Trail including Bishop Pass/John Muir/ Piute Pass Trails, John Muir Trail, Tenaya Lake To Clouds Rest, Ballon Dome and Mount Dana Trail.

Merced River Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  County Tourism Office (209) 966-3685; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "100 Classic Hikes In Northern California" from John Soares

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Tenaya (800) 635-5807; Evergreen Lodge (209) 379-2606

Luxury Loding:  Awhanee Lodge, Yosemite

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  7/21/2016

ID:  6839

Merced River Trail Hiking Map


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