Gorgeous blooms in stark yellows, purples, and blues highlight the landscape as boats bob through river sections with names like Percolator, Balls to the Wall, Salad Bar, and Stark Reality. Huge sequoias, iconic rock formations, and outstanding vistas perch along the sharp curves of this free-flowing waterway, strutting its stuff from April to July.
Fastest during snowmelt, the runoff surges downward with exceptional Class IV runs. Later in the season, the number rounds down to Class III rapids, with whitewater still the order of the day. Named a Wild and Scenic River, the Merced promises an exhilarating paddle past Nevada and Vernal Falls as it races through the valley floor.
Half-day to multiple-day trips designed to match ability, desire, and expertise can be arranged for every level. Expert outfitters supply everything needed for successful river navigation. Planning and a proper packing list are essential, however, and wetsuits are always a good idea, as are personal flotation devices. Available through the guiding agency, personal equipment may prove preferable for those with current gear.
An exciting way to see the fascinating features of Yosemite National Park, a whitewater excursion down the Merced River combines both physical and visual thrills for a truly memorable trip. Adventure has never looked so good.