Easy Hike with Lovely Scenery
Deborah Lopez · Agoura Hills, CA · April 8, 2018
Yosemite Valley was shut down due to a powerful spring storm, but Wawona reemerged glorious. We had a three year old with us so this hike was the perfect option. The meadow was green, the rivers were flowing, and moss was everywhere. We did the hike counter-clockwise and I was pleasantly surprised that the second half was not actually too close to the road until the end, and I found it to be the more scenic side. Due to the storm the day before, the river was high so we had one tricky crossing (some went over on a log, others crossed with bare feet through the water) but that was probably unusual. Thanks for always being a go-to site for us.
Maarten Heeneman · The Netherlands · May 16, 2016
It was in May 2010, during a road trip from Denver CO to San Francisco CA, that we visited Yosemite. We were already spoiled by Rocky Mountain NP, Yellowstone NP, Zion NP, Bryce NP, Death Valley NP and Sequoia / Kings Canyon that we stumbled upon Oakhurst, from where we visited Yosemite a couple of days. One morning, it must have been 7:30 AM, we were walking the Wawona Meadow Loop Trail. Wow, what a magnificent hike! We were the only ones, except for a bear, who was also glaring at us from a distance (300 ft) upon the hill next to a tiny spring you can cross quite easily. I guess it must have been somewhere half way. We didn't see him (or her) first, but we noticed it at a glance. We kind of started singing along the way and recall this as a close encounter with a bear. We didn't see a mountain lion, but you can't have it all ;-)
Perfect for a first-time hiker
Dawn · Fresno, California · January 12, 2015
I am brand new to hiking and wanted an easy trail to get used to the concept. My husband and I took our 10 year old daughter and a couple of our dogs, and did the loop. We chose to go on a Sunday afternoon in January and it couldn't have been a better time. We encountered only 2 other people on the whole hike and thoroughly enjoyed our time.
This trail was not exactly how I envisioned it. I thought it would be pretty much flat, and there is a little bit of a climb and then descent, but certainly nothing strenuous or unmanageable with a kid, a spouse, a Great Dane/Mastiff mix, and a GSD. We took our time, stopped a couple of times, and found an area with some flat boulders to eat our lunch.
The weather was perfect; chilly but sunny. The scenery was beautiful, and we can't wait to go back in the spring to see the meadow in bloom.
nice hike but not IN the meadow
Scott · San Diego, CA · May 29, 2012
We had a nice hike in a meadow at the North Rim of the GC and were hoping for similar. This was a nice leisurely hike around the meadow but not IN it, which would have been nice. You do hear the traffic along Wawona Road, but there are nice views of surrounding hills, trees, and of course the meadow. Of the hikes out there, this is nothing special, but it is an easy one to do the day you arrive to get used to the elevation.