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McGurk Meadow

An easy hike through a beautiful meadow full of wildflowers in Yosemite National Park
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  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... more »

Tips:  Park on the shoulder of the road about a hundred yards after the trailhead (if you are driving from Hwy 41).

Bring bug spray!... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking

Park on the left side of the road about 100 yards after the trailhead for McGurk Meadow. Make sure to take all food out of your can and place it in the provided bear boxes. You should place anything in the box that gives off any sort of scent (even sunscreen, gum, empty water bottles). You will be much happier taking the extra time to put... More

2. Trailhead

The trail starts on the side of the road with a shot walk through the woods, with little to no elevation change. After 10 minutes you will start your descent, which means that you are getting closer.

3. Log Cabin

At the 0.7 mile marker you will come across a wooden cabin on your left just off of the trail. The cabin was originally built as a shelter for cattle ranchers when there was bad weather. If you have children, let them walk inside (adults will have to crawl as the door is only about 3-4 feet high).

4. McGurk Meadow and Bridge

Once you have finished hiking downhill you will arrive at the opening to McGurk meadow. Walk towards the wooden path/bridge and look on either side for spectacular views of the meadow. If you are lucky, the wildflowers will be in full bloom painting the meadow with stunning shades of red, blue, violet, and yellow. July is the best time to visit... More

5. Second Meadow

After another 5 minutes after the first meadow you will arrive at the next opening which rivals the first. On the right side of the trail you will find a large log where you can sit to enjoy a snack and marvel at the unbelievable number of wildflowers.

If you with to continue further, its about another 0.5 miles until the trail ends and... More