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Mono Meadow Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 1,236 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Getting There

Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Arch Rock Entrance: Travel eastward into the park on Highway 140. Bear right on to Southside Drive and after approximately one mile turn right on to Wawona Road (Highway 41). Follow this road 9 miles to Glacier Point Road and turn left. Travel 10 miles to the Mono Meadow Trailhead.

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Phongphana Vongmalaithong
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Hiking

Mono Meadow to Little Yosemite Moderate, mostly descending

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Yu Mei
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Aaron Powell
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Chris Rogers
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Hiking

Nice quiet, serine downhill dirt path. Lots of birds and flowers,

Michelle M.
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HikingMuddy

We began our backpacking trip at the Mono Meadow trailhead. It was beautiful, but a bit muddy in the beginning. In one section, we lost the trail under water, and finally recognized various logs and sticks that had been perfectly placed so that we could step our way to where the trail emerged without sinking into the water over our boots. We found a lovely place to camp just past a stream and above the junction for the Buena Vista Trail. We didn’t dare to cross the raging Illiouette Creek. In the morning we took the Buena Vista trail north and then went NE at the junction for the Panorama trail. After two miles we hit a mile of switchbacks up to Nevada Fall. From there we went NE to Little Yosemite Valley where we camped in the group campsite with pit toilets. The next morning we left at 5:30 and hiked up Half Dome. Pressed for time, we hiked down to Yosemite Valley. Long crazy story on how we got back to the trailhead to get our Jeep. Don’t do this unless you have a plan to get back to your vehicle-maybe if you have two vehicles and can park somewhere in the valley. No shuttle to Glacier road where the trailhead is. I would recommend staying at the group campsite in Little Yosemite Valley a second night after Half Dome and either going back the same way the next day or hiking up to Glacier point where you would probably be able to hitch a ride down the road to the trailhead. I knew it was uphill to get to closure point and after doing half dome I had no energy and that’s why I chose to take the downhill route to the valley past Vernal Falls.

Yllek Sitruc
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Fun trail. Unlike the rest of the park, this isn't too bad as far as going up and down long stretches. We started on 6/13/18 and camped just before you reach the junction that heads down to Nevada Falls. The next day we hiked up to Half Dome and then all the way down through the mist trail. Word of warning, our group lives at sea level and we aren't seasoned hikers. I'm 6'2" 275, and by the time I got to the parking lot I was exhausted. Make sure you are in good shape or you'll suffer. And bring a water filter!!! And be prepared to get wet crossing a few streams. At one crossing we had to cross barefooted and some slipped and went all the way under.

Brian Simpkins
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Backpacking

My first hike in Yosemite and was not experienced at all was going to do half dome via mono meadow but as a rookie hiker just wasn’t prepared still hiked about 3 Miles in where I saw my first bear grazing in the meadows only a 100 feet or so away from me. Camped at a really nice flat place and heard something around my tent that night. Decided the next morning just to do some easier hikes and get acclimated to the area but on my wAy back up the trail saw another bear crossing the trail .. if u ever want to see bears this is the best trail and area to do that

Larry Jarrett
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Hiking

This seemed like a good hike along the way to Glacier Point. It was ok but not too impressive.

Tom B.
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The route I took was from Highway 120 in Yosemite near the eastern entrance to the park. The trail was nice, but not spectacular. Maybe earlier in the the season would have been better. I went in mid August during a drought year so it was a bit dry. I would not repeat the hike. Some other hikes that I thought were better that were in the region were Lundy Canyon and Saddle Bag Lake loop trail, both are outside Yosemite NP.

Larry Willis
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This trail begins off the main route from Lee Vining, CA to Yosemite at the top of Tioga Pass. The elevation runs from approximately 9,000 to 11,000 feet. Mid-July and August are the best months to hike this trail. Plenty of wildflowers and beautiful alpine scenery mark the trail. The trial points towards a pass in the crest of the Sierras which rise to over 13,000 feet. At the top of the trail one can view Mono Lake and the mountain ranges east of the Sierras. The view is breathtaking.

sal gutierrez
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Mary Mahon
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Juan Carlos Guzman
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Genoa Jay
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Jane Taylor
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Brian Shire
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Heather Marshall
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Derek Middlekauff
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Dmitriy Lysak
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Rolando Flores
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Kyle Roberts
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Matt M.
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Larry Jarrett
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Claudio Chea
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