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McGurk Meadow

Yosemite National Park

June 22nd, 2007

2.0 miles
180 vertical feet
Total Time: 2:21

Rating: 6/10

Directions: From Highway 140, enter Yosemite National Park. Continue driving in the park, then turn right onto Highway 41 (Wawona Road). After about 9 miles, turn left onto Glacier Point Road. About 15 minutes down the road, park near the sign for McGurk Meadow. The sign is on the left hand side of the road. There is no actual parking lot, but there is a fair amount of shoulder space to park in just past the sign.   View Driving Map

There were a handful of cars parked at the trailhead as we prepared for the hike under a cloudless sky. We then walked over to the trailhead sign and started our hike into the forest. It's a typical Sierra conifer forest, and the trail is fairly level to start with. Here and there were wildflowers -- Indian paintbrush, lupine, and others.

Shortly, the trail descends steeply, providing much of the 180 feet of descent. It then levels off a bit. About 0.8 miles in, there are the remnants of an old log cabin. It stands with a short open doorway and a wall of vertical posts spaced a foot apart, separating the front from the back.

After viewing the cabin, we continued along the trail. Immediately after the cabin we crossed a footbridge over a small stream which passes through McGurk Meadow. From here, the meadow is clearly visible stretching out next to the continuing trail. The tall grasses of the meadow hide the stream. We were hoping that the kids would be able to play in the stream, but it's too narrow and surrounded by grasses, so that wasn't possible.


After crossing the bridge, we continued along the trail as it paralleled the meadow. Eventually we stopped and had lunch amongst some downed trees. If you do plan to stop for a break, be wary of the mosquitoes, which came after us here.

McGurk Meadow

If you have the time, you can continue along the trail as it heads toward Dewey Point about 3 miles from the cabin. With kids in tow that was far enough for us, however, and we turned around and headed back the way we came.

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