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McGurk Meadow Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 442 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Fee No dogs
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Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. 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.

Park on the shoulder of the road about a hundred yards after the trailhead (if you are driving from Hwy 41). Bring bug spray! mosquitos also love this meadow.

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Cassandra H
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It was ok. Only went to the junction.

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Kathy Siegel
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Lovely wAlk but smoky day

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Chester Morris
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Great day hike great views good company.

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Evan Weinman
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A beautiful short stroll threw a couple meadows. If you're hiking in August simmer your expectations via the pics in this app you'll enjoy it a lot. Beautiful butterflies roaming everywhere, also lots of other bugs as well. As too be expected with a meadow, only half this hike is in the shade and there is a small incline to be expected on the way back.

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erin fox
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Linz Dee
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Beautiful and easy trail. After a long day of hiking we ended up starting this trail @ 6PM in June. My husband and I had our two kids, ages 6 & 8, and had no complaints. The meadow had a bunch of skeeters so bring the spray.

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Karli Sinclair
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Muddy

An absolute beautiful trail. We took it to Dewey Point and it was amazing. lots of beautiful meadows and wildflowers.

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Lenny Sharp
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Nice easy hike, good condition, not too overgrown.

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Mirelle Mallari
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Andy Kasimatis
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Nice relaxing hike, return minor grade incline but good starting point for more difficult hikes. Bear scat on one point of trails, mild traffic with most of hike able to enjoy without interruption.

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Katarina Brito
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Hiking

One of my favorite Yosemite hikes! Relatively flat with spectacular views at the end. Meadow in full bloom!

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Kris Whitehead
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Hiking

Nice, somewhat level hike. There were a few mud stretches near the beginning of the trail so be prepared to walk carefully. Meadow was not in bloom yet.

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Riley Murphy
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HikingOff trailSnow

Fairly easy trail, even in the winter. Navigated here in March 2019 with ~6 feet of snow pack on the ground. Snowshoes were a must. The trail is not marked in the winter and I used gps to get me here. Streams were frozen over. Had to walk about a mile to bridelviel creek to get fresh water. Great trip and so beautiful in the winter.

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Virginia Howard
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Easy hike through the woods to the meadow. Pretty muddy in some areas. No flowers were in bloom when we went on 5/20/18.

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MARY J
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Easy trail but very muddy and wet due to lots of melting snow. The meadow was a bit disappointing since there were no wildflowers yet. A few nice birds seen ( we are avid birdwatchers).

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

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

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Claire B
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Walking

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.

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Chris McCarty
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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.

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Devlin Ramirez
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Corey Jones
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Michael Bentel
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Patti Bacon
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Patti Bacon
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Gini Asai
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Andra Gonzenbach
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Benita Morris
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Enrique Alonso
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