This route crosses gentle, rolling terrain dotted with lodgepole pines and a series of meadows, and ends at Dewey Point where you can take in expansive views of Half Dome and Clouds Rest.
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous, depending on snow conditions
Distance: 7.2 miles / 11.6 km round-trip; 618 feet / 188 m elevation gain
Elevation: 7,385 feet / 2,251 m (at Dewey Point)
Get Started: Follow Glacier Point Road to the east end of Summit Meadow to start this trail. The trailhead is about 1 mile after the Badger Pass Ski area. Follow the triangular reflectors through the trees. Along the way you’ll pass through Dewey Meadow, a long, flat meadow perfect for a rest stop. From here, continue north where you’ll head through dense pines and drop into a small valley. Soon after reaching the junction of the Ridge and Meadow trails, you’ll get your first, long-awaited glimpse of Half Dome. Continue north to the top of Dewey Point where you’ll be rewarded with views of iconic El Capitan and Yosemite Valley.
In old snow or icy conditions this trail is not suitable for beginners after the first mile through the meadows. Please do not snowshoe in the machine-groomed cross-country ski trails.