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Mono Meadow Sampler

Intermediate
 3.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This short outing offers an wildflower-laden meadow, a creek for wading and a good Valley viewpoint.


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3.6

Miles

5.9

KM

Out and Back

7,258' 2,212 m

High

6,880' 2,097 m

Low

449' 137 m

Up

451' 137 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will love exploring the area and sticking their feet in Mono Creek.

Overview

This Panorama Point area trail is often overlooked and, consequently, you'll have more solitude.

Description

From the Mono Meadows Trailhead, descend the wooded hillside heading north. Upon arriving in the meadow, enjoy the wildflowers without disturbing the sometimes boggy terrain. Cross the wandering small creeks via logs. At the far end of the meadow, climb gently through more forest before emerging into a more open area with many downed trees. Mono Creek is a pleasant place to wade and explore the strange water carved indentations in the rocks here.

Continue though sparsely wooded terrain to just before the trail begins its downhill plunge to Illiouette Creek. In an open area here is a viewpoint providing visitors with distant views of Mount Starr King, Half Dome and Clouds Rest. Retrace your steps back to the parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Lodgepole pine, mushrooms, goldenrod.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

Shared By:

Megan W

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  3.5 from 2 votes

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Meadow wildflowers
May 18, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA

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Jun 20, 2020
David Hitchcock
Great hikes, good views. The meadow is interesting, but the views are what makes this hike great.
May 17, 2018
Montana Bragg
May 25, 2013
Justin Johnsen
Hiked to our back country camp near Illilouette Creek, used too climb Mount Starr King and a cliff under Dome Baez.