Pohono Bridge


The Pohono Bridge is a little known concrete arch bridge over the Merced River on Valley Loop Road within Yosemite National Park. The Bridge is a destination spot for hikers, fisherman and those looking for a unique setting to relax within this vast park area. The stone and concrete structure was built in 1928 with a total length of nearly 132 feet and a width of just less than 27 feet. The Valley Loop Trail crosses the Merced River at the Pohono Bridge. Travelers along the trail will be treated to wonderful views from the bridge on their journey to Bridalveil Meadow, Bridalveil Fall, and El Capitan. Photographers are often observed at or near the bridge trying to capture its exceptional beauty. Hikers are required to stay on the trail for their own safety and to preserve the vegetation in the area. Fisherman visiting the area should be aware of the special fishing regulations that apply on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. The stretch of the river from the Happy Isles Footbridge downstream to Pohono Bridge is a catch and release only section for native rainbow trout. Bait is prohibited and only artificial lures or flies with barb less hooks may be used. Regardless of the reason for traveling along this beautiful stretch of trails in Yosemite, visitors will marvel at the unique bridge structure and the vast beauty within the park. Caution is urged while traversing along the trails.

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