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Mono Meadow Trail

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A nice hike through Mono Meadows and through the Illilouette Creek drainage with views of Half Dome & Mount Starr King.


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5.0

Miles

8.0

KM

Point to Point

7,285' 2,220 m

High

6,361' 1,939 m

Low

822' 251 m

Up

1,112' 339 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

The Glacier Point Road opens at some point in the spring after the snow levels decrease and is open until the late fall when snow starts falling again. If the road is closed, the trail is more difficult to access, so please check the park website to verify that the road is open. nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/…

Need to Know

After the trail passes the Buena Vista trail, you have to cross Illilouette Creek and there is no bridge. In the spring time, the creek is full from snow melt and you need to ford the creek by taking off your shoes and wading across. The stream is rocky, so using hiking poles to help you maintain balance is important. Since it is a lot of snow melt, the water is cold. In the late summer or early fall, you might be able to rock hop across the creek in certain places.

Flora & Fauna

There is a wide variety of wildlife that you might encounter on this hike. Deer, bears, squirrels, and chipmunks may be encountered throughout the hike. As the area recovers from forest fires, there are a wide variety of birds that can be seen throughout the hike.

In the spring time, there is wide variety of wildflowers on the hike. Common Wooly Sunflowers, Fire Pink, Dwarf Lupine, Lupines, One-seeded Pussypaws, Sheep's sorrel, Wavyleaf Paintbrush, Tall Western Groundsel, Common Yarrow, Whiskerbrush, and American Bistort can be seen. Because the trail traverses alpine meadows, ridges, creek drainages, and creek sides, there is a great diversity of environments to enjoy.

Douglass firs and other conifers can be seen throughout the hike.

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David Hitchcock

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The trail departs the Mono Meadow Trail through a sandy area.
Jul 19, 2020 near Yosemit…, CA
Lots of little domes. Mt Star in the background
Dec 27, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Meadow wildflowers
May 18, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA

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