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Anderson Trail

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avatar Anderson Trail
January 13, 2011 04:25PM
I wonder if any sign of this trail is left:

In 1882 George C. Anderson contracted with the Yosemite commissioners and began construction on a trail up the north bank of the Merced River from Happy Isles Bridge to Vernal Fall. He originally planned to build the trail all the way up the north side to the top of the falls near Snow's hotel, but when costs began to run way over budget and the trail ran into a granite cliff through which it would be necessary to blast, the commission ordered the project stopped. In 1885 the commissioners had a connection built from a point on Anderson's trail uphill to a new bridge below Vernal Fall, across which it joined the Snow Trail. Anderson's abandoned trail left the present path about three hundred feet below the bridge at Vernal Fall and continued uphill—broad, substantial, and wide as a wagon road— until it ended abruptly in a grove of trees. The earlier south trail along the Merced ultimately fell into disuse.
avatar Re: Anderson Trail
January 13, 2011 04:34PM
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