Includes lunch and cold beverage at end. Just west of Yosemite National Park, the Wild and Scenic Merced River races through a prolonged and delightful succession of rollicking rapids and soothing calms. Read the full trip description »
During the high water typical of May and early June, the Merced River flows more wildly, with swollen rapids exploding one into the next, mile after mile. Later in the season, during the lower flows of late June and July, the Merced is less overwhelming yet still intensely exciting.
At any time, with any water level, the Merced River canyon, with its clear, sparkling water fresh from Sierra headwaters and steep slopes covered in wild flowers, is an inspiring place to be.
The Merced River is known for its exciting wave trains, big waves, and incredible fun. Rapids include Nightmare Island, Chipped Tooth, Ned's Gulch, Split Rock, Corner Pocket, Quarter Mile, and the spectacular (but unrunnable) North Fork Falls.
April to June
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