Dewey Point, Yosemite National Park, California

 

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Our October hike to Dewey Point took us under towering mossy trees, some meadowlands and three stream crossings. One stream had a wooden bridge built over it which kept us all dry. The other two stream crossings had makeshift logs put into place over the stream. We managed across the streams, with only one of us getting our foot wet. The hike under trees went on for over 4 miles before we saw a clearing indicating the granite canyon ahead.  If you love hiking under trees, you'll love this hike!

Hike under towering mossy trees, near Dewey Point, Yosemite National Park, CA 

Hike under towering mossy trees, near Dewey Point, Yosemite National Park, CA

 Out of the trees, near Dewey Point, Yosemite NP

Out of the trees, near Dewey Point, Yosemite NP

Once out of the trees, a couple of granite domes peeked in the distance. As we got closer, we could see the entire canyon. What a view!  In front of us, was a trickle of a waterfall plunging several hundred feet towards the canyon floor. Large granite domes and peaks stood to the right and left of where we stood at Dewey Point. There are no guardrails here, so be sure to warn kids ahead of time of the importance of Not running and keep a close eye on them. We could have stayed a lot longer to appreciate the view, but as soon as lunch was done, our kids started to direct their energy to their legs. That was our cue to get off the cliff. What an amazing view though!

View of granite canyon below, Dewey Point, Yosemite NP 

View of granite canyon below, Dewey Point, Yosemite NP

 View of other side of granite canyon at Dewey Point, Yosemite NP, CA

View of other side of granite canyon at Dewey Point, Yosemite NP, CA

 

We started our Fall hike a little later than our usual preference, at about 11:30 in the morning, starting at the trailhead on Glacier Point Road, heading north on McGurk Meadow. The trail was well signed to indicate the correct direction toward our intended destination. Our entire hike took about 4.5 hours including a half hour for lunch overlooking distant granite domes at Dewey Point. There was a gate at the entrance of Glacier Point Road, which threatened to close at 4pm that day, which we noticed was extended to 5pm on our way out. We parked at some space just beyond the McGurk Meadow sign before walking back to our trailhead. From McGurk Meadow trail, there were turnoffs to Taft Point and Glacier Point. Inspiration Point was a few miles beyond Dewey Point. Due to time constraints, we did not get a chance to explore beyond Dewey Point.

 Tree growing at the edge, Dewey Point, Yosemite NP

Tree growing at the edge, Dewey Point, Yosemite NP

Practical Information (as of October 2016):

Features: View of miles and miles of granite canyon, domes and peaks after a walk under towering mossy trees

Directions: Trailhead on northside of Glacier Point Road, just before Bridalveil Creek Campground; Limited street parking just beyond McGurk Meadow sign on northside of Glacier Point Road,

Hike Distance: just under 9 miles round trip from the trailhead at Glacier Pt Rd to Dewey Point (Glacier Pt Rd closed November to May east of Badger Pass), elevation change: 500-600 ft

Entrance fees: Cost of Entrance to Yosemite $30 per private vehicle, FREE with Annual Interagency Pass ($80, valid at all National Parks and Rec Lands in USA), FREE with valid Every Kid in the park Pass (available to 4th graders via this website)

 

Warning: The safety of these adventures are dependent on a variety of factors including but not limited to: terrain, weather, wildlife, hiker skill level, human error, and other foreseen and unforeseen circumstances. Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information provided at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability for the accuracy and completeness of the information provided.  As such, we will not be held responsible for any harm, injury, and/or loss that may result. Your personal judgement on the safety of each adventure is required at all times. Please use your own discretion and be safe.

 

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