Chowchilla Mountain Road Trail

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Trail Distance: 3 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 10 min+
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Limited
Description

The Chowchilla Mountain Road Trail is a dog fur-iendly dirt path that begins on Highway 49 and Chowchilla Mountain Road in Mariposa, California. This pawrific path travels over the summit, and stops at Highway 41 Wawona Road by the golf course. This is Yosemite Valley where dogs are not usually allowed, but this is one of the few trails that are pet-friendly, so long as you keep your pooch on a leash and be sure to pick up after them. 

This trail is lightly traveled and is usually empty of visitors no matter what time of day you visit during the week. The weekends tend to see more hikers, and even bikers along the way, who often use the trail for the many jumps, turns, rocky areas, and meadows. During the spring, you will not believe how pawesome the colors of the meadows are with bursts of vibrant hues everywhere. Come back in the fall to witness the autumn colors as the leaves change on the trees. Due to the snowfall, the trail is closed in the winter season.

There's no restrooms or water available on the trail, so be sure to bring enough water for both of you. Restrooms are available behind the Wawona Hotel building, and there is a snack shop there as well if you want to get a snack or something to drink. Also be sure to bring clean up bags with you.

Although the name suggests that you will be hiking in the mountains, your hike will generally be flat throughout. You can see the beautiful Chowchilla Mountain Range from almost anywhere on the trail. This is a beautiful walk in the woods with your four-legged friend, and you will both want to return for another trip to see more. 

Trail Features
Grassland, Rocky, Easy Incline, Forest
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
There is a golf course in the middle of the meadow, so be aware of golfers and their golf balls. There have also been sightings of bears, cougars, and bobcats in the area.
Address
Chowchilla Mountain Road
Mariposa, CA 95338
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Address
Chowchilla Mountain Road
Mariposa, CA 95338
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
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Sun Sunrise - Sunset