If you’re looking for an easy hike that avoids the crowds that normally flood most of the trails in Yosemite National Park, the Wawona Meadow Loop just might be the perfect choice.
The Wawona Meadow Loop trailhead is located across the street from the historic Wawona Hotel. As you walk down the hotel parking lot you’ll notice a small golf cart path across Wawona Road. Simply walk a short distance up that path and you’ll see a sign for the trailhead just off to your left.
The hike begins by following along one of the fairways of the Wawona Golf Course. Fortunately this portion of the hike is fairly short, and after about a half-mile of walking you’ll finally reach the outskirts of the meadow.
It's believed by many that the name “Wawona” is the Miwok word for "big tree". It may also be the word for the sound of the call of an owl, a bird considered to be the guardian spirit of the Big Trees, a reference to the nearby giant sequoias in Mariposa Grove.
Trail: Wawona Meadow Loop
RT Distance: 3.2 Miles
Elevation Gain: 210 feet
Max Elevation: 4210 feet
TH Location: Near the Wawona Hotel
Map: Yosemite National Park Trails Illustrated Map
Top Trails: Yosemite features 46 “must-do” hikes in Yosemite National Park, from scenic strolls, to full-day adventures, to spectacular backpacking trips. With at-a-glance information for each hike visitors can determine which hikes are most suitable to their skills, schedules and preferences. The book also provides elevation profiles, detailed maps, as well as information on which trails are child-friendly; where to see giant sequoias, waterfalls, lakes, wildflowers, autumn colors; the best photo opportunities; and which have camping, running or biking opportunities.