Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Yosemite waterworks on full blast this season, but...

The Swinging Bridge, mid-May 2015; now barely above the river. Below, a recent photo just downstream 

...it's a case of too much of a good thing for kayaking, rafting... 

The most spectacular spring runoff in decades is rushing through Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, it's so good that the section of  the Merced River in the heart of the valley is off-limits to paddlers, as levels are dangerously close to bridge abutments.

 Yosemite observers predict that river-running might be delayed as late as August. But if my paddle in 2015 was any indication, it may be worth the wait. (The Merced recently has run over 5,000 cubic feet per second through the valley. At the same time in 2015, it was in the 400-600 cfs range.)

 …and too much for a bear in high, fast water (video)