Cook's Meadow Loop

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Trail Distance: 2.2 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

If you have never been to Yosemite, you are missing out on some fabulous views. You and your best friend can start at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and hike the short Cook's Meadow Loop trail that is just over two miles long. Some of the most pawesome sights await you and your pooch as you walk west on the bike path to the left fork in the path. From the Sentinel Bridge, there you can see the Half Dome and Merced River before your hike. 

At almost every point along the Cook’s Meadow Trail, you will be able to see the majestic Yosemite Falls. In fact, at one point at the southern end of the meadow, you can see both the upper and lower Yosemite falls at one time. You and your pooch will be crossing several footbridges across the Yosemite Creek where you can spot some waterfowl, fish, lizards, and turtles. 

At about a quarter of a mile into the hike, you will come to the Yosemite Chapel, which was built in the late 1800s, and is considered a historic building. This is a fabulous place to get some selfies with your furry friend for your Facebook page or scrapbook. Along both sides of the trail, you will see the largest variety of wildflowers you have probably ever seen in one place. More photo ops for you and Fido. 

A bit more than halfway is the famous Yosemite Swinging Bridge where you and your buddy can get some more pictures. There are supposed to be some amazing views of the Yosemite Falls from downstream. On the way back to the starting point, you will pass by Glacier Point and Cook’s Meadow where more flowers abound, with western azalea, cow parsnip, lilies, many varieties and colors of irises, and tons of ornamental grasses.

The paved Cook’s Meadow Trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible if you need it, and there's lots of places to stop for a rest, even though it is a short path. Bring water to keep you and your pooch hydrated on your hike as well. If you bring any food, make sure you keep an eye on it as there are black bears in the area. Grab your furry friend and head on up to the Cook’s Meadow Loop right now, and don’t forget your camera. 

Trail Features
Ice, Forest, River, Easy Incline, Diverse Landscape, Wetland, Mountains, Grassland
Scenic, Waterfall, Wildflowers, Abundant Wildlife
Cautions & Considerations
The trail can be icy during the winter months. Watch out for bears and coyotes as they are seen often in the park.
Address
Yosemite Valley Visitors Center, 9035 Village Dr
Yosemite Valley, CA 95389
Hours
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Address
Yosemite Valley Visitors Center, 9035 Village Dr
Yosemite Valley, CA 95389
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset