Westfall Meadow is one of the larger meadows in Yosemite with one thing separating it from all the rest; it is basically unmarked, and therefore a perfect place to visit if you want to get some alone time with the Yosemite wilderness. Imbued with the normal fantastical wonder of this park, along with some incredible views of wildflowers, Summit, and more, this is surely a great trail to hike if you really want to get away from it all. Easy, fun, and completely isolated, this is definitely an experience that you should have.
Distance and Hiking Time
As we said, it is a pretty leisurely hike, at only 2.8 miles round trip. If you walk right through it, it should only take around 1.5 – 2.5 hours to complete; but, most like to take longer so they can explore and feel like a trailblazer.
This is the best part; there aren’t any. You will almost never see another soul here at Westfall Meadow, minus the adventurous hiker or two. It has a completely unmarked trailhead, so most don’t find their way to this hidden gem, which is definitely a highlight.
Serenely easy. While not the easiest trail in the park, it definitely allows most hikers a chance to simply take in the scenery. The only problem you ever have to look out for are immense logs that lay across the trail, presenting unique over-under situations.
Since it’s unmarked, it can be a bit hard to find it. Fortunately, it’s not that difficult if you know where it is. All you have to do is Get to Glacier Point Road, then drive east 7.5 miles to the trailhead, which is directly across the road from the McGurk Meadow trailhead. It’ll be about 2 miles past the Badger Pass turnoff, so if you reach Bridalveil Creek, then you just passed it.