Westfall Meadows Trail

Difficulty
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Very Easy
Duration
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1-1.5h
Distance
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5.3 km
Elevation
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98 m
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The Westfall Meadows Trail is a lovely, easy-going nature walk that the whole family can enjoy. Wander through meadowlands abundant with vibrant wildflowers in the summer months and enjoy the tranquility of this secluded adventure in Yosemite.

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Route Description for Westfall Meadows Trail

The Westfall Meadows Trail is a great option for those seeking a tranquil hike in Yosemite. Compared to trails on the north side of Glacier Point Road, this southern adventure has remained a hidden gem, in large part due to the lack of signage—but we’ll let you in on the secret! Note: much of the path is exposed, so be sure to pack plenty of water and wear adequate sun protection in the summer months. Additionally, it is important to be mindful of wildlife! As there is no parking right at the trailhead, there's an informal parking area on the north side of the road about 100 m past the trailhead. The National Park charges an entrance fee; refer to the NPS website for additional details.

Embark on your adventure along the Westfall Meadows Trail from the informal trailhead off Glacier Point Road. From here, follow the path south through the mildly undulating terrain. Enjoy the shade of the towering pines while you can, before the route opens to the exposed meadowlands. Eventually, there will be intersecting routes that you will ignore and continue hiking south. The beauty of this trek is that you can customize it by choosing your own turnaround point whenever you begin to feel tired.

We hiked all the way to Alder Creek before turning around. When you are ready to return to the trailhead, retrace your footing along the same path.

Getting to the Westfall Meadows Trail Trailhead

The Westfall Meadows Trail is accessed via the adjacent trailhead to the McGurk Meadows Trailhead off Glacier Point Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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