A group of volunteers with the Yosemite Sierra Visitor’s Bureau hiked the Wawona Meadow Loop trail and the trail to the Swinging Bridge in Wawona last week. The hike gave the volunteers a chance to hear about the history, wildlife, and artifacts that are a part of this area of Yosemite National Park.
With newly obtained permits from the National Park Service, the hikes are guided by two archaeologists, Adam Wilde and Adam Crowther. These paid, guided hikes are available on Fridays and Sundays through The Redwoods in Yosemite. Wild ginger, wolf lichen, wild strawberries, soap plant and false Solomon’s Seal were pointed out by the guides on this hike. The guides also shared facts about the history of Wawona meadow, once home to grazing sheep and cattle. The riparian meadow underwent a restoration in 2010 when irrigation ditches were removed from the meadow.
The hike, at the 4,000’ elevation, is 3 1/2 miles long and begins directly across from the entrance to the Wawona Hotel where participants meet at the trailhead on the dirt road on the Wawona Golf Course. Advance, prepaid reservations are required. The 9-11 a.m. guided hike lasts two to two-and-a-half hours.
The second hike offered — also rated moderate — is two miles and lasts from one-and-a-half to two hours. Participants meet at the Redwoods in Yosemite on Chilnualna Falls Road in Wawona. It is offered from noon-2 p.m., on Fridays and Sundays. The hike goes out to a swinging bridge, which crosses the south fork of the Merced River and is an out-and-back hike.
Details: (888) 225-6666 or redwoodsinyosemite.com/guided-hiking-tours/.