Flooded Vernal Falls

A hiker in the rain adds some scale to an overflowing Vernal Falls during the 10 year flood of May 16, 2005. Note how far into the trees the Merced River has reached. Most of the meadows in the valley were under a 1-2 feet of water and the roads in and out were impassable until late in the day.

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EricChu

EricChu - Nov 2, 2009 6:03 pm - Voted 10/10

Impressive!

That's a waterfall - wow!

Noondueler

Noondueler - Apr 2, 2010 1:36 am - Voted 10/10

Man! Great shot!

The power of nature is impressive here!

mrchad9

mrchad9 - Apr 2, 2010 11:29 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Man! Great shot!

Thank you... I was very lucky to be in the valley that day. It was pretty wild everywhere we went.

DWaggoner

DWaggoner - Apr 6, 2010 3:19 pm - Voted 10/10

Cool shot

There's some power behind that water. Amazing pic.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Apr 6, 2010 4:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Had to be deafening

The roar of this water charging over the cliff face must have been incredible.

Sarah

mrchad9

mrchad9 - Apr 6, 2010 6:40 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Had to be deafening

Thank you both- yes- it was very impressive. Thinking of putting all album up in a day or so, since we're getting into spring now... we'll see.

SierraCJ

SierraCJ - Jun 29, 2010 10:05 am - Voted 10/10

Awesome!

I cannot stop staring at this picture. What an incredible scene seeing that massive amount of water cascading! CJ

mrchad9

mrchad9 - Jun 29, 2010 2:12 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

Thanks CJ! It was a remarkable day certainly. Was very lucky to be there, the Happy Isles flood gauge peaks right as we were on the trail.

BobSmith

BobSmith - Nov 27, 2011 11:30 am - Voted 10/10

That's frightening.

Sometimes waterfalls are really scary. This one would have scared the hell out of me that day.

mrchad9

mrchad9 - Nov 28, 2011 9:46 am - Hasn't voted

Re: That's frightening.

It definitely got the adrenaline going Bob! The Mist Trail leads up to the falls from below, and it was anything put misty... it was as though a fire hose was blowing upwards into our face as we approached the falls.

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