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Merced Lake to Sunrise Camp Trail

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Yosemite National Park

Merced Lake to Sunrise Camp Trail is a 12.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, bird watching, and backpacking and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 12.1 miles Elevation Gain: 3,031 feet Route Type: Point to Point




bird watching



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no dogs

Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: 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.

Sat Aug 18 2018

Great hike! Ran into a rattlesnake and saw coyote and a couple deer. Amazing views, several water stops. Great for a quick dip!

Fri Aug 07 2015

Fri Jul 25 2014