Cooks Meadow Loop

Cooks Meadow Loop, Yosemite National Park: Address, Cooks Meadow Loop Reviews: 4.5/5

Cooks Meadow Loop
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johnnnita
Napa, CA1,737 contributions
EASY AND MELLOW WALK
Aug 2020
Between "Yosemite Village area and the Yosemite Falls Trailhead, there's this short easy walk facing the falls. It's really a transition walk and when the falls are flowing (they weren't when we visited in early August of course), one can get a great view of these natural wonders. The foreground of meadow provides a great photo op.

You don't even have to walk the trails leading up closer to the falls if you are so inclined. It's hiding in plain sight, just parallel to the sidewalk next to the road, but just off the road on the right. Across the street is the great meadow facing Sentinel Dome, etc.
Written 12 September 2020
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ELKW
United States8,895 contributions
can have the view of the Yosemite falls
Jun 2019
when you walk the Cook's meadow loop, you can see the view of the Yosemite falls, it's a easy walk, 1.6 km loop, you can use stroller, and it can be finished in 30 min. But if you have already taken too many pictures of the Yosemite falls which can be viewed at the Swinging bridge, in the Yosemite fall's trail, then you may skip this loop.
Written 15 May 2020
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ExplorerSB
Sunnyvale, CA645 contributions
Easy Walk - lots of Milkweeds!
Jul 2019 • Friends
Cook's meadow is an easy walk to see a beautiful meadow! The trailhead is right across the road from yosemite falls. If you are there at the right time, you will see the beautiful milkweeds in bloom. You will also see nice views of yosemite falls and half dome. The loop is probably 1-1.3 miles and flat, so it makes for an easy walk.
Written 10 July 2019
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scrappysquirrel
Mechanicsville, VA462 contributions
Easy, but got a bit turned around
Jun 2019 • Family
We attempted to follow the directions for the loop listed on the NP website. I think we were mostly successful at staying on the loop. It was a very easy walk and it wasn't particularly crowded. My favorite part of the loop was the view of Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge. It was very pretty, but didn't have the same wow factor as some other areas in the valley.
Written 2 July 2019
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minimize940314
Los Angeles, CA3,349 contributions
Good introduction
Mar 2019 • Solo
Cooks meadow loop is very easy trail but offers great overview of the park. El Capitan, Half Dome, and the waterfall is clearly visible while walking along this loop. However, finding the starting point can be difficult.
Written 19 March 2019
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Belgo96
Brisbane, Australia3,601 contributions
Very easy and enjoyable trail
Apr 2018 • Couples
Cooks Meadow Trail is a flat, easy 1 mile walk for everyone, although probably not as smoothly paved as the lower Yosemite falls trail for the mobility challenged. The starting point is across the road from the cute little chapel, where there is parking. The views on the walk are excellent, you'll see half dome and Yosemite falls. The walk has a lot of photo opportunities.
Written 15 April 2018
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Saluga
Wading River, NY2,383 contributions
Beautiful Views
Sep 2017 • Couples
This was my favorite walk in Yosemite. It's an easy one mile flat loop that is suitable for all fitness levels. There's a great view of Half Dome, and the trail passes by the Yosemite Valley Chapel.
Written 28 September 2017
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JKerr88
Selva di Val Gardena, Italy628 contributions
Easy walk with amazing views
Sep 2017 • Couples
This walk was recommended by the info centre after a long day of walking when we wanted to do something easy for an hour. It's flat and absolutely beautiful - great views of half dome in particular.
Would definitely do it again when we return
Written 19 September 2017
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legsbell
Martinez, CA1,028 contributions
Early morning delight
Aug 2017 • Couples
ThIs is my favorite thing to do first thing in the morning. It's an easy walk, with staggering views of Half Dome, Yosemite falls and other Yosemite treasure. Meander through the meadow and be sure to bring your camera as the photo ops are plentiful.
Written 13 August 2017
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pingaroo
Chicago, IL2,190 contributions
Stunning views during the day, excellent stargazing at night
May 2017 • Couples
Cook's Meadow Loop is an easy 1 mi/1.6 km loop with beautiful 360-degree views of Yosemite Valley, including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and Glacier Point. It's also the perfect place for stargazing in Yosemite Valley. If you join the $10 stargazing tour, this is where they take you.

We did this trail twice over the Memorial Day weekend - once during the day on our way from Yosemite Valley Lodge, where we were staying, to the trailhead for the Four Mile Trail, and once at night for stargazing. The trail was never crowded; we encountered no one at 9AM on Memorial Day and only 3 people at 10PM. The views during the day are beautiful, probably the best down in the valley. Unfortunately, Sentinel Meadow and Swinging Bridge were flooded; otherwise, this trail can be combined with the Sentinel Meadow Loop. The views at night are also amazing. Most of Yosemite Valley is covered by tall and dense trees, and Cook's Meadow, a large open field, is one of the few places where stars are visible. We can't remember the last time we saw so many stars - even better than Big Bend NP. Bring a camera with tripod, a flashlight, and a jacket.
Written 14 June 2017
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