McGurk Meadow Trail

EASY 5 reviews
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McGurk Meadow Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until September.

3.5 miles 502 feet Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



An easy hike through a beautiful meadow full of wildflowers in Yosemite National Park If you are looking for one of the best hikes in Yosemite to see beautiful wildflowers up close, this is the hike for you. The hike can be as short as 1.5 miles or as long as 4 (or longer if you continue to Dewey point). You will lose around 100 feet of elevation while hiking down to the meadow, which you will need to make up on the way back. Just before you reach the meadow look for the log cabin on the left where ranchers used to stay to keep out of the bad weather (kids will love playing in it). July is the best time of year for wildflowers, but if you are visiting another month you shouldn't pass up this hike because the scenery is unbeatable.

definitely a must in the spring when all the wildflowers are blooming!

2 months ago

Nice little hike.this time of year it was pretty dry but still nice.

1 year ago

McGurk Meadow can be found right off of Glacier Point Road. When you park at the bear boxes, head west by about 45 yards and you will find the trail. From there it is a super easy downhill hike to the meadow. Just before the meadow you find a small wooden "cabin" that kids like play in. Once you get to the meadow you will encounter a bridge, cross it and go a bit further into the meadow for more views and to get away from other hikers you might encounter. This is perfect for novice hikers, day hikers, those with families/large groups, or for anyone that wants to hike but has a schedule to attend to. I give it a low rate due to how short/easy it is, proximity to the road, and higher chances of running into people.

4 years ago

We got on this trailhead from Glacier Point Road and from their kept going to Taft Point. All together it was an 8.6 mile hike, and about 4 hours considering a lunch break and time to enjoy the views. Worth it!!

6 years ago

This was a really nice meadow once you got to it. The hike there wasn't too spectacular, not many views, lots of trees. The meadow was full of colors, lots of different flowers, and butterflies and bees everywhere--it was wonderful.