A man and woman with their small dogs posing along the Wawona Meadow Loop Trail
Pets allowed! Photo: Tony McDaniel
wooden fence on the wawona meadow loop trail
Wood fences along the trail. Photo: Theresa Ho
Wawona Meadow
Wawona Meadow. Photo: Tony McDaniel
A man and woman with their small dogs posing along the Wawona Meadow Loop Trail
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Wawona Meadow Loop

Wawona Meadow Loop

Southern Yosemite

Wawona Meadow Loop Trailhead, California, USA

Overview

Distance: 3.5 miles (5.6 km)
Difficulty: Easy

The Wawona Meadow Loop in Yosemite National Park offers a serene and scenic hike through lush meadows and tranquil forests just across the street from the Wawona Hotel or vacation rentals, such as The Redwoods In Yosemite.

This relatively easy trail is approximately 3.5 miles long, making it accessible for hikers of various skill levels. With a gentle elevation gain of around 100 feet, it’s a perfect option for those seeking a leisurely stroll along trails surrounded by spring wildflowers and filled with birdsong. 

Along the way, hikers can enjoy a sun-dappled trail with light filtering through the trees, views across Wawona Meadow, and may even spot diverse wildlife, such as deer and birds. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful nature walk or a picturesque spot for a picnic, the Wawona Meadow Loop delivers an unforgettable outdoor experience in one of America’s most iconic national parks.

Plus, the Wawona Meadow Loop is one of the few trails in Yosemite that is friendly to both bicycles and leashed pets, making it a great walk for the whole family. 

Wawona Meadow Loop Trail Description

Most people start the Wawona Meadow Loop park at the Wawona Hotel. If you cross the street, there is also a small dirt parking area ahead on the right, but this area is sometimes closed, so the hotel is the safe bet for parking.

From the Wawona Hotel parking lot, cross the street and continue on the road until you come to the signed trail junction and turn left. Skirt along the back edge of the Wawona Golf Course, and find yourself surrounded by the many delights of a mixed forest. 

This quiet trail is a delight for birdwatchers and flower enthusiasts. The mixed forest and mountain meadow habitats make this a delightful walk to find many kinds of warblers, vireos, flycatchers, woodpeckers, and even the occasional well-concealed owl. Plus in the spring, keep your eyes open for some of the many different kinds of mountain wildflowers decorating the sides of the trails. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a delicate Mountain Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium montanum} which occasionally blooms alongside the trail.