Swinging Bridge - Yosemite - Hiking California

 

Swinging Bridge over Merced River is a photographer's paradise in Yosemite National Park, California, USA.

 

 

This Swinging Bridge is not to be confused with the non-swinging, Swinging Bridge in Yosemite Valley.

Access from Oakhurst, California is via the twisting, turning Wawona Road (Hwy 41), into Yosemite National Park, past Wawona Meadows and the historically impressive Wawona Hotel. 

One option for access to Swinging Bridge is the 4.7 mile (7.5 KM) loop hike along the South Fork of the Merced River from the Wawona General Store.

The choice is to drive the very narrow Forest Drive past a quaint residential area, take the left fork at the road to Camp Wawona, and park at the gated trail-head. 

The short, wide, easy, flat, 1.8 mile (2.9 KM) round trip trail tracks the beautiful South Fork of the Merced River.

 

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Shortly, arrival at the Swinging Bridge.

 

Swinging Bridge Trail - Wawona - Yosemite National Park, California, USA

 

There are a wide variety of options, including wading or bathing in smooth, shallow rock bowls, or exploration of hiking trail along the river banks.

 

Swinging Bridge Trail - Wawona - Yosemite National Park, California, USA A view downstream of the South Fork Merced River from the center of the Wawona Swinging Bridge

 

From the far side of the Swinging Bridge, a quiet hour is spent rock hopping along the stream to relax in the sound of the forest and small river rapids while capturing mesmerizing pictures in a photographic paradise.

 

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Swinging Bridge Trail - Wawona - Yosemite National Park, California, USA Looking towards the Swinging Bridge from downstream

 

Swinging Bridge Trail - Wawona - Yosemite National Park, California, USA

 

Wawona Swinging Bridge is an incredibly beautiful and peaceful place.  Attendance at an unusually quiet time is very fortunate and it is difficult to leave this natural and captivating oasis. 

However, there are other aggressive plans for this day which reluctantly require the discipline to return the way taken in to the parking area at the Wawona General Store for the next fascinating excursion through the Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

 

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