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DH26 (Non Feature DH)
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Distance:

36.0 mi / 57.9 km

Traffic:

Moderate
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At a Glance
The small town of Mariposa is named for the beautiful wildflowers that surround it. And one of the prettiest is the perennial favorite that unfolds its petals up to Yosemite National Park. Opening up from Mariposa through the oak woodlands in a series of sweeping arcs, the “Yosemite All Year Highway” clears the Midpines Summit, then intertwines with Bear Creek, climbing up its steep canyon wall before dropping sharply, crossing the creek and bedding down beside the wild Merced River. The most consistently scenic route of the three DHs into the park is also the least trafficked, though at peak times, it can be bad here too. Still its dotted-yellow straightaways and pullouts in the curvier sections usually provide enough Pylon-Killer™ to weed out the thorny vehicles. Pavement and Engineering are generally well cultivated although some of the off-camber and decreasing-radius turns along the Merced between the Briceburg Info Center and the Indian Flat Day Use Area could use some rototilling. The best part of this TIRES arrangement is arguably the last segment, beyond Arch Rock and the park toll booth. Even though the road narrows here and the speed limit drops, you can catch glimpses of Yosemite’s sights while twisting through the spectacular, granite-filled Merced Canyon. Is this what they mean by flower power?
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