- The trail leading to Merced Lake begins at the Happy Isles Trailhead in the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. Backpackers can parking in the backpackers parking area immediately east of Curry Village Day-Use Parking Area. This trek can be completed in two nights and three days, but more time is always better in this spectacular backcountry. Merced Lake lies at 7,216 feet. Camping is not permitted on the lake shore, but a dispersed camping area is available at the northeastern end of the lake.
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