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Sentinel Meadow Cook's Meadow Loop Trail

EASY 126 reviews
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Sentinel Meadow Cook's Meadow Loop Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked loop 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 April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 85 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely trail and really quiet. Only downside is that all the water has dried up.

Great trail for dogs, kids, bikes and wheelchairs

Dogs only allowed on paved roads which is kind a a bummer. However, the views are incredible and we saw lots of wildlife.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that there can’t be much to this trail given that is a flat walk through the Yosemite Valley village and surrounding area. There were so many interesting things to see on this trail, it was 5km but took us a few hours to walk it with many stops along the way. Its also a nice break from all those mega uphill climbs on the popular trails. If you’re staying at the Yosemite Valley Lodge, this pretty much starts and finishes there although you can hop on/off anywhere. Nice to have a trail on your doorstep though!

hiking
4 months ago

Bucket. List. This is the best hike EVER. And that’s not an overstatement. This hike is famous for a reason, and if you get a chance to get a permit I would not stress enough; DO IT!!! It gets super tough at the end when your tired and make sure to take John Muir down instead of mist. Otherwise, bring tons of water, and snacks. the cables were one of the sketchiest things I’ve ever done but the view at the top is so worth it. BEST HIKE EVER!!!!

Very nice, scenic nature walk. Minimal physical effort. Good for kids, dogs, etc.

hiking
5 months ago

Shady and leisurely walk with doggies. Just difficult to follow trail with no signs. Beautiful views.

hiking
5 months ago

Great views - nice walk.

hiking
6 months ago

Way better than just doing the lower falls. Walking though the meadows adds a nice view of everything. Parked at shuttle stop 7 and walked a little bit to the falls first thing in the morning to beat the rush. Saw a momma and baby dear on the way which was great.

hiking
6 months ago

We actually rented bikes and did the entire valley, which included this area. Beautiful scenery - very flat and easy for all ages and abilities.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy flat trail with beautiful views of some of the most visited places in Yosemite Valley. You can't even get tired.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice and easy paved loop. The first section after swinging bridge was stunning and we had the meadow section to ourselves. We also had a fun encounter with a coyote crossing the trail in the front of us on the backside of the loop. There were a lot of bugs so bring spray.

hiking
10 months ago

walking
Wed Jan 16 2019

Beautiful views of the valley. We used this loop in August as a leg-stretch the day after we did Half Dome. Flat and very easy, and you can do whatever parts of the loop you want to do and make it however short or long you want, really.

walking
Mon Oct 15 2018

Not a bad walk, though I was a little confused as to which path I was supposed to take since there aren't any signs telling you which of the 3 or 4 intertwining trails you're on. Really great first intro to the park, and not long. Perfect for kids. There's a spot with a bridge where you can sit on some logs and it's great for couples and kids. There's also a few meadows and not strenuous at all. Come in the spring for the best effect since there's one or two waterfalls that would look fantastic with all the snowmelt.

hiking
Thu Jun 14 2018

You see beautiful views but it is pretty crowded. Especially by the waterfall. As you continue on the loop the traffic starts to die out but still quite a few people on the trail. Other wise it’s very easy walk, almost all paved and you see incredible sights.

Sat Dec 30 2017

Easy trail for beginner and family with children. I and my husband spent wonderful time. The road was paved. We enjoyed scenery. We spent 4 hours. Nice trail, but it will be crowded during the warm season. Come early and find the parking and enjoy your walking/hiking.

walking
Sat Aug 19 2017

Paved trail perfect for strolling and snapping pictures. Also amazing as a bike trail! You'll likely see deer around dusk. Anytime of day is perfect, but sunny days offer the best experience. Do not miss out on this must-do trail!

hiking
Mon Jun 19 2017

It says 2.3 miles, but it sure doesn't feel like it! Paved trail with no incline around beautiful meadows & gorgeous surroundings. If you're here, you have to do it. Hope for a sunny day. The pictures are fabulous in sunny weather.

walking
Sun May 21 2017

great place to be when the sun is going down

walking
Mon Jun 20 2016

A great experience; we strolled around the valley floor after our day up Half Dome. It was a great way to stretch the muscles and easy on the knees. We visited a week before the Presidential visit so in early morning we had the inner valley much to ourselves. The deep blue sky, the light greens of the new leaves on the trees and grasses of the valley, the clear waters of the Merced River, the roaring white showers of snow melt over Yosemite Falls, and the granite walls of the surrounding cliffs made for some great contrasts. If you have the time, it's a great way to enjoy the majesty of God's country.

hiking
Thu Aug 13 2015

I hiked this one about fifteen years ago, but still memorable. A great photo opportunity. I remember it was a bit crowded in Summer when I last went.

walking
Sun Apr 12 2015

This is more of a stroll than a hike but man, is it worth it. It's a short loop that takes you through a few meadows to witness the essentials of Yosemite Valley. Everywhere you look is 360 degrees of awesome. Just beware of crowds and mosquitoes depending on the time of year.

walking
Wed Aug 21 2013

Gorgeous view of the Yosemite Valley floor! A walk more than a hike, which makes it a good way to take in some absolutely stunning scenery without stressing your body. Suitable for people at all levels of physical shape.

hiking
Sun Aug 10 2003

A good trail for exploring the core village and valley area.

hiking
2 months ago

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