Wawona Swinging Bridge Trail

Yosemite National Park, California 95389

Elevation Gain28ft
Trailhead Elevation4,137ft
Elevation Min/Max4127/4145ft
Elevation Start/End4137/4137ft

Wawona Swinging Bridge Trail

Wawona Swinging Bridge Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 4,137 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 28 feet.

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50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press)
Elizabeth Wenk
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"The quiet, nearly flat walk around Wawona Meadow is a perfect selection for enjoying spring wildflowers or for a winter walk when most locations are snow covered. The split rail fence surrounding the meadow makes a beautiful foreground."
Best Easy Day Hikes: Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"Wildflower lovers will find some rare and unusual species blooming along the trail in Wawona Meadow in early season. The shady path beneath a variety of conifers is a favorite stroll in summer, when the temperatures at this low elevation can be uncomfortably hot."
Hiking Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"This is one of Yosemite's often-overlooked gems, especially for wildflower lovers, who will find some rare and unusual species blooming in early season. Except for an occasional group of equestrians, you'll have this little piece of the park mostly to yourself. The going is easy along a dirt road no longer used by vehicles, with almost no elevation change. The route is a loop, described in a counterclockwise direction, but you can go either way."
Waterfall Lover's Guide: Northern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Matt & Krissi Danielsson
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"Wawona is a small community in the southwesternmost corner of the park with a school, post office, a hotel complex, and a few stores. Like Foresta, it is one of the few spots within park limits with privately owned houses—a remnant from the era before the park was established. Anyone entering the park through the south entrance (Highway 41) will pass right through town. The elevation and climate in this region are about the same as in Yosemite Valley, which can best be summed up as mild and pleasant year-round. This trail guide contains descriptions of the following trails: Chilnualna Falls, Alder Creek Falls, Illilouette Falls, and Pywiack Cascade."

Wawona Swinging Bridge Trail Trip Reports

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This is a beautiful trail shared with hikers. The trail is fairly well maintained. At the beginning you have to use the asphalt road to the equestrian trailhead. It's pretty slick for shod horses. Mine are barefoot and we had an easier time.
No obstacles on trail. Just before you reach the lower falls you ride a fairly narrow stairstep. It is not, I repeat NOT for the faint of heart or novice. There is a 2000 foot drop to your right. The trail is 4 or 5 feet wide. Of course, we got off and walked our horses through this. We rode after Labor Day during the week, because we didn't want to encounter too many hikers with backpacks, especially on this stretch of the trail. The lower falls, although barely a trickle at this time of year, was very pretty and the horses got a drink of water. As it looked like rain coming, we did not go further. I understand there are switchbacks to the upper falls that also are not for inexperienced horses or riders. I'm glad I did this trail, but don't know if I'd do it again since there are many trails from Wawona that are by water and less of a risk.

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