Last updated: October 30, 2023
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Traipse through a meadow of wildflowers (while staying on the trail, of course), and embrace the cool sub-alpine air this remarkable hike has to offer.
The trail leads downhill to McGurk Meadow and the site of an old cabin that belonged to sheepherder John McGurk. During early summer, look for a tremendous show of wildflowers. You can continue along the trail an additional mile (1.6 km) to reach the Pohono Trail, which runs west to Dewey Point and Tunnel View and east to Bridalveil Creek, Taft Point, and Glacier Point.
McGurk Meadow (strenuous)
1.6 miles (2.5 km) round-trip; 1-2 hours,
150 ft (50 m) elevation gain
8.2 miles (13.2 km) round-trip; 4-6 hours,
750 ft (225 m) elevation gain
The trail is only accessible when the Glacier Point Road is open, approximately late May through October or November. When Badger Pass Ski Area is open (mid to late December through March), the Glacier Point Road is groomed for cross-country skiing beyond the ski area. See website for more information.
Begin at McGurk Meadow Trailhead, 0.2 miles west of Bridalveil Creek Campground turnoff, along the Glacier Point Road.
Rules & Regulations
The Glacier Point Road closes after the first significant snowfall. Overnight parking on this road ends October 15. For current road and weather information, call: 209/372-0200.
Hazards & Warnings
Carry (and drink) plenty of water: a leading cause of injuries on the trail is dehydration. Be sure to treat stream or spring water.
Always carry a map and compass, and know how to use them, and wear sturdy footwear with good traction.
Be prepared for sudden changes in weather and conditions.
This trail is not accessible.