Yosemite NP – Wawona Swinging Bridge


What? :

This sing hanging bridge is in Wawona southern Yosemite, crossing the south fork of the Merced River.

The hike to this bridge is very easy and flat with less than a mile round trip.


Note: This is not the “famous” bridge with the same name that crosses the central fork of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley.



Where? :

It’s about an hour’s drive from Yosemite Valley toward the park’s South Entrance and Wawona valley.

From highway 41 turn at the Wawona General Store, which is located about 5 miles inside Yosemite's south entrance (just after you pass the hotel). Drive pass the history center for 2 miles to the parking lot at road's end.

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When? :

This trail open year-round. It is fun to visit here during spring when the water level in the river is high.

on a hot summer day when the water is low you can find swimming hole location.


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Due note 1: There's a restroom facility near the trailhead.


Due note 2: There is a general store in and one in Wawona General Store near the Pioneer History Center parking lot.


Due note 3: There is a gas station near Wawona General Store on the main park road.




My thoughts:

I heard about this bridge and wanted to visit here.

I use the opportunity of hiking the nearby Chilnualna Falls Hike and drove to the parking lot and walk to the bridge.



The visit:

Park your car at the end of the road parking lot.

From here a flat dirt road led to the nearby bridge. The trail is following the south fork of the Merced River.

The road passes on the outskirts of burned forest, you can witness the remaining of the trees in the burned forest.

After very short walk you will reach the point where you will see a trail leading left to the river.

The bridge is small, crossing the river between 2 large rocks. The bridge is made of wooden slats and suspension cables.

When I visit here, June 2023, the river level was high, and the current was strong.


You can extend this hike by walking to the other side of the river and follow the trail downstream to Chilnualna Falls trailhead, I decided to walk back to the parking lot.



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