A Jaunt through Carlon Meadow

May 8, 2012
Carlon Meadow
Total distance:  2 miles

It was a very warm day as Wendy and I walked through Carlon Meadow just outside of Yosemite National Park.

A sign near the Day Use area.

A sign near the Day Use area.

The trail was an asphalt road covered with broken branches, dirt and pine needles.  From 1916 to 1939, this area was occupied by the Carl Inn, a popular destination for Yosemite visitors.  The NPS acquired the land and removed the building in 1940 but left a lot of the infrastructure behind.

The shaded trail on the north bank of the river.

The shaded trail on the north bank of the river.

We walked for a while under dogwood trees just beginning to bloom.  The trail led uphill, but we turned back when it veered away from the South Fork Tuolumne River.

South Fork Tuolumne River

South Fork Tuolumne River

We walked over to a shady “Day Use Only” area and found a great place to have a picnic next to the swift moving river.

Wendy

Wendy

The unmarked trail to Carlon Falls was on the north bank of the river.  We walked up that trail for a short distance through the woods passing snow plants, Pacific bleeding hearts and thick, green horsetail reeds before returning to the car.

Pacific bleeding heart.

Pacific bleeding heart.

 

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