Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Happy Isles Bridge

Latitude, Longitude: 37.732704, -119.558496

Happy Isles Bridge is located 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.