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A Well-Kept Secret!
Kelly Pedron · Patterson, CA · September 27, 2019
I have been hiking this trail for the last 10 years, and I average one hike every other year or so, so I've done this hike several times already. This is definitely the perfect hike for a relatively inexperienced backpacker, as there is little elevation gain (or loss) overall, and the scenery is entertaining, particularly the old mining equipment about halfway along the trail.
The best time to go is in the Autumn/Fall; DO NOT go in the Spring, as there are way too many tourists on the first part of the trail, and you'll have trouble getting around them while they're taking pictures of the pretty wildflowers. The Summer is just too hot. The actual camping spot is a flat area just north of the Merced River, and just east of the old jeep trail that goes up the hill to the left. Do not do what I did my first time out there, and try to continue hiking past the camping spot; there is no real trail past the camping spot, just a lot of brush!
Bill King · Mariposa · March 15, 2019
The Sierra National Forest has officially closed the trail, and it's likely that it won't be open for the remainder of 2019. There are many other notable wildflower hikes in the area, namely in the Merced Canyon, south of Briceburg, especially where the north fork flows into the canyon.