Bear Box at Merced Lake (YV05)

Generated on 21 Jun 2014 - see revision history - please send updates to the webmaster

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west Prev box is YV04: Little Yosemite Valley.
west First box is YV01: Curry Area Backpacker Campground.
info GPS Waypoints in Region YV : simple Waypoint+ format, download GPX file, or overlay on interactive map.

Detail Map of waypoint YV05 in Yosemite Valley and Merced River:
(scroll down for directions, waypoints, and area map)

  1. YV05 is 4 standard plus 4 large boxes, at about 7200 feet, in the GPS route YOSEMITE VALLEY.

  2. Note: The Merced Lake Backpacker Campground is about 200 yards east of the northeast corner of Merced Lake, where the trail turns south around a shoulder. The High Sierra Camp, with it's tourist crowd and horses and dinner bells, is partially visible from the campground, but the backpacker camp is in tall trees and has a spigot supplying potable water and a flush toilet in a brick building (so it feels like car camping). Some people get water and store their food here, but camp to the west so they can avoid crowds and campfires.

  3. Directions from Steve Eckert, verified GPS waypoint, Sep 2002:
    Four large boxes and four standard boxes are on the north side of the trail just as you reach the backpacker campsites. The provided GPS waypoint is near the water spigot, and is closer to the trail than either set of boxes. The standard size boxes are about 30 yards northeast of the trail, beyond the water spigot. The larger boxes are about 30 yards west of the standard boxes (NW from the spigot).

  4. Directions from Kalon Kelley, with GPS waypoint, Sep 1999:
    Four bear boxes in the middle of the backpackers campground to the north of the High Sierra Camp.

  5. YV05 coordinates: (see waypoint and interactive map links above)
      (lat,lon) = (37.7406100, -119.4073600) in decimal degrees, NAD83.
      (zone,east,north) = (11S, 287964.0, 4179565.0) in decimal meters, NAD27.

  6. Scroll down for a regional map of the entire Yosemite Valley and Merced River region.


Map exported from TOPO! software, used with permission.


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