McGurk Meadow Trail

EASY 10 reviews
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McGurk Meadow Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mariposa, 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.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
429 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

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.

5 months ago

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).

6 months ago

6 months ago

Saturday, December 03, 2016

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

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, August 02, 2015

walking
Saturday, April 11, 2015

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.

hiking
Friday, August 10, 2012

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!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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.