Merced Lake to Sunrise Camp Trail is a 11 mile point-to-point trail located near Long Barn, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November.
Wondrous granite mountains, secret waterfall, and the amazing Long Meadow This hike starts out westward along the Merced River, with the water flowing over hard granite, with stark rock faces all about. As the trail crosses Echo creek, you can follow the creek up stream about 300 yards to a lovely hidden waterfall. At a junction a few miles from Merced Lake, the trail heads due north towards Sunrise camp. This section of trail has breathtaking views, but much of the forest appears to dying from a beetle infestation. At about 8 miles or so into the hike the trail moves west, then south, dropping into the spectacular long meadow. Sunrise High Sierra Camp is set on a bluff overlooking this meadow and has one of the loveliest settings in the Sierras. We took a rest day at this camp and hiked to the Cathedral Lakes. The knife edges summit of Cathedral Peak viewed along this trail is one of the most memorable of our week long trip.