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Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park: 3 reviews and 12 photos

  Happy Isles Bridge Over Rough Waters
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  • Happy Isles Bridge Over Rough Waters - Yosemite National Park
      Happy Isles Bridge Over Rough Waters
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  • White Water of Happy Isles Merced River - Yosemite National Park
      White Water of Happy Isles Merced River
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  • Artist at Work at Happy Isles - Yosemite National Park
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  • White Water of Happy Isles Merced River - Yosemite National Park
      White Water of Happy Isles Merced River
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About a mile from Camp Curry, up the canyon that exists between Half Dome and Glacier point, there flows a part of the Merced River that is entirely white water over huge boulders, some of which have developed into islands of sorts. The path this way is entirely accessible to those with disabilities, as it is mostly covered with asphalt, and in several places pedestrian bridges span the river's noisy torrential flow. For those driving, there is an unpaved parking lot at the foot of Glacier Point, in a place where the garbage dump was once a favorite place to view scavenging bears. The dump is now completely cleared, of course, but the area remains open and ideal for those wanting use Happy Isles as a trailhead for even multiple day hikes. From the parking lot a trail leads parallel to the paved entrance to Happy Isles, leading ultimately to a unique wetland bog of thick with ferns and wildflowers. Happy Isles is a very pleasant place to meditate on the white water sounds. In places, one will notice that in the past, boulders blocked the river's flow, creating a place for vegetative debris to create islands of sorts, and eventually trees fill in to make the island solid. In another place, a tree miraculously braves the river itself, clinging to rocks as the water rushes around its base. Happy Isles is the trailhead for hikes to the top of Glacier Point, Half Dome, Nevada Falls, Upper Yosemite Valley, and other places, some of which can be completed in a day hike by the most intrepet and physically capable hikers. But, Happy Isles itself is an easy hike for children, senior citizens, and the disabled.

Directions: About a mile from Camp Curry up the Merced River
Website: http://landslides.usgs.gov

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 3, 2007
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