Above: Ryan Hill on the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California. Photo by Chris Burkard

In April, the Park Service opened sections of the Merced River through Yosemite to paddling for the first time, including a 5-mile stretch from Sentinel to Phono, which American Whitewater’s Dave Steindorf calls the “the best one-day river trip you can do anywhere.”

–This photo ran in the August 2015 issue of Canoe & Kayak magazine.

–Read more about Yosemite opening to paddlers.

–Check out the video series documenting Pat Keller’s and Steve Fisher’s descent of the Merced River through Yosemite.