This is an ungroomed, mostly dirt trail that follows the unshaded banks of the Merced River. Ideal for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking, the trail provides many stunning overlooks and great natural scenery. Following the old Yosemite railroad grade from the Briceburg Visitor Center along the north bank of the River, all the way to the Trail's conclusion at the Hwy 49 Bridge in Bagby, CA.
There are no restaurants or stores along the route, but food is available in the nearby town of mariposa, at the lodges located east of Briceberg along California 140, and in Yosemite National Park.
Rest rooms are available at Briceberg, in the campgrounds that lie at the end of the gravel access road, and at the campground in Bagby.
There is no public transpiration available between the end points.
There are no rentals available along the trail.
Parking and Trail Access
At last check, daily parking was free. If you are going to camp, there is a camping fee of $10 per site, and a beach camping fee of $2.00 per person, per night.
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.
Merced River Tail
We just came back (4/20/13) from a Spring trip to see wildflowers.We took 140 to Briceburg where we crossed a quaint bridge to the other side of the river.
We drove downstream along the former railway about 5 miles to Railroad Flat where we camped ...
Not for the faint of heart
The south end of the trail is nearly impassable. The banks have washed out and covered the trail with loose scree. The only remnant of the trail is a 6 inch wide single track with a severe drop off to the river bed. We are reasonably accomplished mountain ...