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Wawona Meadow Loop Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.6 miElevation gain246 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsFee
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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. If you are looking for an easy afternoon walk to explore Wawona consider the Wawona Meadow Loop. Located conveniently next to the Wawona Hotel, the trailhead is just across Highway 41. Compared to most other hikes in Yosemite, this is about as easy as they come: it's a level stroll around the meadow, and most of it us under tree cover which makes it a perfect hike for the afternoon when the sun is out and temperatures are at their hottest. If you are looking for some wildlife, consider going during the "golden hours" of the day, around dawn or dusk, when you may spot some deer grazing in the grass. While you won't break much of a sweat on this hike, it's a perfect way to end a day visiting Mariposa Grove, or to build up your appetite for dinner at the Wawona Hotel restaurant.

Don't become too caught up in the scenery, as this dirt road is used by horses on horseback tours and stagecoach rides, so watch your step!

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Scott Mills
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Good easy trail. Very flat and shaded. Circle the whole meadow.

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Akshit Arora
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Michael Martinez
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Great!

This trail is easy for all hikers. dog friendly. overall good trail

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Ajay Trilokeshwaran
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Samantha Jones
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Great flat walking trail! Lots of shade and changing leaves for the fall! Great hike to take with the dogs. There are definitely bears in this area. We found lots of fresh scat. There are more bugs along the wetland part of the hiking trail. Plenty of parking at Wawona Hotel because it is closed and required park reservations. We arrived around 10am and passed a handful of people walking with their dogs.

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brian McGee
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Becca Woodstra
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Hiking

Very very easy low key trail

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Ben McCormack
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Hiking

Lovely easy walk however bring the bug spray!!!

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Michelle Yu
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Hiking

The trail has a lot of trees.

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Lan Nelson
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Nice and shady for doggos. I have a French bulldog so I have to be careful that it is not too hot and I have to bring plenty of water and a bowl. Enjoyable flat hike, great for kids too!

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Sarah DLT
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HikingBugsGreat!

Love this trail! Nice to have a bit of a longer walk to do with your dog while in Yosemite. Wide, easy path the whole 3.6 miles with beautiful meadow views almost the entire time. Very shady and great for hot days! The bug situation was pretty intense, so definitely bring bug spray and lots of water to stay hydrated!

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Rachel Takeuchi
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Hiking

I definitely recommend this trail for anyone who is trying to find a longer hike with their dog in Yosemite. It’s so beautiful, flat most of the way and plenty of shade for your pup. We were lucky enough to have the whole hike to ourselves! I do recommend bringing bug spray this time of year as we did get a few pesky bugs around us in some parts, but it wasn’t terrible.

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James F
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Very nice. partly shaded. Fairly bumpy and nice curves to maneuver. was a downed tree blocking the last 20 feet. meadow is in the middle so you go around it. access through the golf course across from the Hotel.

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Anne-Mari Parkkinen
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Nice and mostly shaded walk. My almost 8m old baby was in a BOB stroller and that was totally fine. I wouldn’t go with ’umbrella stroller’ but definitely ok with any jogging stroller.

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Andy Kasimatis
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HikingBugs

Nice little day hike, can finish quickly or take time and peruse. Do bring bug spray as should you stop for any period of time you will be swatting flies away. Nicely implanted historic markers throughout the trail transport you back in time to Wawona a century and more ago. Enjoy!

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Brandon McKnight
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Cherie Fairmeeen
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Hiking

Great trail. Portions are paved and it is pretty well maintained. Easy to follow. We took our dogs and they did well. More folks on it closer to the road. We didn’t see anyone, but it was winter.

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Heather McCray
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HikingBugsMuddy

Great hike! Not steep at all. Muddy at places. Lots of horses and horse droppings. Beautiful meadow views with mountains in the background. Difficult to find the trail at the end but you can just follow the road.

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Thomas Crawford
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Hiking

Lovely walk, mostly flat with grey autumn views. We wandered as a family and took 2 hours. It was fun to read the placards about how the space has been used over the years.

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Helen McNary
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Hiking

A great, easy hike, compatible for those with disabilities. Beautiful with the Fall leaf shed. No issues with bugs, minimal horse road apples (poop). Gorgeous views of the meadows with all kinds of trees and shrubs. Loved it.

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Josh Clarke
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Walking

Very kid friendly. Interesting historical markers at different locations that describe the history of the meadow and the different ways it has evolved over time. Not much of a "hike", really a nice walk. Was pretty buggy when we were there in August. Lots of complaints about the horse manure...wasn't that bad. Just watch where you are going!

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Bernard Schultz
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Less than 1 star..... turned around in less than 0.2 miles. Awful trail... horse poop everywhere. Yosemite sucks for lack of trails for dogs. Our dog leaves far less destructive path. BS trail recommendation from the NPS. Man I hate horses!

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S P
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Sahra Be
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Erin James
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BlowdownBugsMuddy

greta little trail with alot of potential, took my son on it today and he had a great time. Alot of trees have blown down over the path, so two times we had to get really close to the wrong edge to get around it, my son hit his head really hard walking under another one. alot of slippery pine needles, as well. hope it gets cleaned up soon so we can go back and really enjoy it.

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Rachael Mintz-Cole
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