Hwy 140 runs along the entire stretch of
the river we
This makes the logistics and shuttle pretty easy.
general, the further upstream you go the more difficult the rapids.
Briceburg (A on the
topo map). Briceburg is the point
Hwy 140 comes down canyon and hits the Merced river. The
crosses a bridge over
Bear Creek and there is a small stone building on the river side of the
road. Take the short gravel driveway down the hill between
building and the highway to the gravel parking lot, that's Briceburg.
There are porta-potties, but no running water.
(B on the topo map). Six miles
upstream from Briceburg, suspension is the
site of a former suspension bridge. You can
tell you've arrived when you see two large, two story,
white wooden buildings across the river. There is a wide
on the river side of the road for parking and you'll see a short path
leading down to a sand and rock beach. There is nodrinking
or bathrooms at suspension.
Flat Campground (D on the topo map). Four miles
upstream from Suspension, just past the large Cedar Lodge Mote, you'll
come to Indian Flat campground. From the campground you can
carry your boat across the highway
and walk upstream maybe 20 yards and you'll see a small path that goes
down to the river. The alternate put-in is 200 yards
Highway to a small picnic area. There is parking here (no
and pit toilets. Both of these put-ins are just upstream
the Motel Hole rapid.
Bud (E on the topo map). A mile or so
Hwy 140 from Indian Flat Campground you'll see a bridge crossing the
Merced to your left. Cross this bridge, do an immediate left
then left again to small gravel loop right next to the bridge.
The put-in is under the bridge and parking along the road
from the gravel loop. There are porta-potties here, but no
Click on the topo map for a larger version
Where to Eat
If you're not in the
mood to cook dinner at the campground there are just a few choices for
favorite place for
dinner is the Yosemite
It's a few miles up the hill on Hwy 140 from Briceburg.
head straight up there for dinner after taking out and relax with a
beer on their patio while we wait for the kitchen to be opened at 6:00.
The food and desserts are good, they have several good beers
on tap, a
great outdoor patio and occasionally live music.
The Cedar Lodge,
right next door to the campground has a dining room and the Yosemite
upstream on Hwy 140 five miles or so has two dining rooms, one fancier
and one casual. You can also head all the way up the hill
than the small
store at the Cedar Lodge there are no supplies to be purchased along