Summit Meadow in Yosemite National Park

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Summit Meadow

Summit Meadow in Yosemite National Park is a beautiful meadow along Glacier Point Road where you can stop, enjoy the fresh mountain air and have a leisurely picnic. Read More

  • Stop at Summit Meadow as you travel along Glacier Point Road in Yosemite
  • Enjoy the many varieties of wildflowers in this sub-alpine meadow
  • Have a picnic and stretch after a long drive through the park
  • Shoot some wondrous photos from Summit Meadow
  • Hike the many trails in the area

Overview

Summit Meadow in Yosemite National Park is situated along Glacier Point Road, offering an ideal place to stop, stretch and explore this fascinating natural sub-alpine meadow at your leisure.

Location & Information

From Yosemite Valley, take California Highway 41 south to Glacier Point Road. Head east for 6.5 miles to the pullout on your right.

Access to the meadow is only in the spring, summer and fall as Glacier Point Road closes from November to May.

Contact information:
Yosemite National Park
Public Information
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389
209-372-0200

Activities

  • Picnicking
    Stop at Summit Meadow for a family picnic on your way to Glacier Point. Here in this lovely sub-alpine meadow you can enjoy the many wildflower blooms, such as corn lilies, Sierra Rein orchids and purple Alpine shooting stars.
  • Photography
    No matter whether you are a professional photographer or an amateur, this meadow has a natural beauty that lends itself to wonderful photos. Capture the springtime splendor of wildflower blooms.
  • Hiking
    Some nice though challenging trails begin from Summit Meadow, and just a mile east along Glacier Point Road, you’ll find McGurk Meadow, the perfect place to embark upon an easy trail. This 30 to 60 minute hike will enchant you as you move through the woods and come upon a bubbling brook. McGurk Meadow is also the trailhead for other destinations such as Dewey Point, Westfall Meadow and Crocker Point.

Fun Facts

Although Glacier Point Road closes in the winter, you can actually access points east by starting from the Badger Pass Ski Area, which is open in winter. There are a number of trails for skiing that you can begin from both the east end and west end of Summit Meadow. These trails can be challenging, however, and aren’t for novices.

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