Hite Cove along the Merced River
Wildflowers, wildflowers, wildflowers. A gorgeous walk along the South Fork of the Merced River during the Spring. The roar of the rushing river and colorful hillside of many spring wildflowers are a combination that makes Mariposa a great place for the spring hike.
The hike is approximately 20 miles from Mariposa on Highway 140 toward Yosemite National Park. There is a sign for the trail-head at Savage's Trading Post. The hike starts on private property and then most of the trail is the Sierra National Forest. The trail itself is marked. It's relatively flat, but on a narrow path. Footing is good, with the exception of a few places where rocks are your steps.
It's a hike!
It's a wildflower hike and as such is for examining the flowers and their habitat. The trail will gain altitude if you want to walk to Jerseydale. I have never gone that far but many have made it a day adventure.
Vertical Gain or Loss
Not much. It's a trail parallel to the Merced River about 200 feet above the water in a canyon.