Wawona Swinging Bridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Elizabeth Wenk, 50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Suzanne Swedo, Best Easy Day Hikes: Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Suzanne Swedo, Hiking Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides).
"The Wawona Hotel is a beautiful Victorian complex originally constructed in 1876. It now comprises six stately buildings with wide porches and is surrounded by expansive green lawns. Wawona Meadow, a pastoral meadow rimmed with ponderosa pine, oak and cedar, sits in the Wawona basin across the road from the hotel. This hike follows an old road that circles the edge of the meadow along the base of Mount Savage. At the lower west end of the meadow is the well-groomed Wawona Golf Course, dating back to 1917. At this low 4,000-foot elevation, the meadow loop can be hiked year-round."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park (Day Hike Books).
"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."
--Matt & Krissi Danielsson, Waterfall Lover's Guide: Northern California (The Mountaineers Books).
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