Westfall Meadow Trail Map

Distance:  2.8 miles (4.5 km) round trip
Trailhead Elevation:  6,900 feet (2,100 meters)
Elevation Change:  100 feet (30 meters)

Like its counterpart to the north, McGurk Meadow, the trail to Westfall Meadow is short, smooth, and comparatively level. It does have an intersection that will require your attention, just under a mile from the trailhead. The key, as the map should illustrate, is to go straight, though you might want to linger at the small meadow that's just off to your left here. The east fork at this intersection heads to the Bridalveil Creek Campground, and the west fork goes to Badger Pass - both the pass itself and its namesake ski area.

The trail continues south from Westfall Meadow and a few miles later, in the Empire Meadows area, forks off into further trails that can take you to virtually anywhere in the park. There are trails that branch off to meet highway 41 at Chinquapin, Alder Creek, and Wawona (an additional 6, 7, and 9 miles, respectively), trails that wander off into Yosemite's remote southern backcountry (12 miles to Buena Vista Lake; 20 miles to Chiquito Pass; 21 miles to the Chain Lakes), and even trails that swing around to reach Yosemite Valley in the north (roughly 30 miles via Buena Vista Lake).