Date(s) - 08/04/2018
The Cooper Meadow Hike replaces the Wapama Falls Hike due to Ferguson Fire closures in Yosemite. The difficulty and distance is similar to the Wapama Falls trail. With just about a 500’ elevation increase, it’s fairly level. While Wapama is moderately-easy, Cooper Meadow is definitely moderate due to elevation (around 8400’) and distance (7.25miles). As far as the smoke goes, we’ll just have to hope for the best.
Walk through evergreen forest with stands of aspen (come back for the fall color) and a few minor stream crossings (these feed the South Fork Stanislaus headwaters). The trail skirts Horse and Cow Meadow where the vista opens up to the familiar but always stunning volcanic formations: Three Chimneys, Castle Rock, Eagle Peak. The destination features historic ranch buildings dating from the 1870s nestled in vast, mountain-ringed Cooper Meadow (maybe green and flower-filled).
To RSVP and receive meet-up instructions, go to the “Contact Us” page at kaad-lp.org. Refer to TCT in the subject line. The Tuolumne County Trailhead program airs on KAAD-LP 103.5 FM (Sonora’s community radio station) on second and fourth Sundays at 12:30pm; hikes are monthly on first Saturdays.