CA – YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – McGurk Meadow Trail

Location: CA – YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – McGurk Meadow Trail
Directions: From the junction of CA 41 and Glacier Point Road, drive Glacier Point Road for 7.5 miles. Watch for the “McGurk Meadow” sign on the left. Park on the wide shoulder on the left about 40 yards past the sign. Walk back uphill to the sign to begin the trail.
Misc. Info: I would encourage using sunscreen and a hat in this area as well as taking some water along with you. A pit toilet is available at Summit Meadow, about a mile west (going towards CA 41) on Glacier Point Road.
Date of Visit: Mid June 2013
 

Conditions: Full sun
Time of day: Morning
Photography: I decided to explore this area after seeing all the wildflowers in the “Closed for Restoration” Summit Meadow nearby. What a pleasant surprise this trail was. The meadow itself is about 0.7 miles along a trail that, for the most part, gently slopes downhill on the way there. Even before arriving at the destination, Lupine and Indian Paintbrush were along the trail. The meadow itself had large stands of red Paintbrush (top), as well as a few yellow Paintbrush, Lupine, and Buttercups. Quite a few butterflies, including the Pacific Fritillary (bottom), made themselves at home among the blooms.