- Type: Hiking
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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In the east section of the park you'll find Tuolumne Meadows, known for its flat grassland, winding river and excellent rock-climbing opportunities. The area lacks the daunting rock walls of the park's main area and instead features short- to medium-range climbing and hiking routes that are refreshingly devoid of heavy crowds.
The meadows attract a cross-section of travelers, from serious rock climbers to families seeking an alternative place to explore. If you're afraid you're missing out on the best Yosemite scenery, don't fret. According to Fodor's, "the cracklingly clear air and dramatic sky above the river-scored valley can make even the most jaded heart soar."
Reviewers laud the meadows for its pristine beauty and quiet atmosphere. One TripAdvisor traveler says that "it is a perfect escape from the crowds of the city that is Yosemite Valley. With plenty of trails, the Meadows offers that secluded experience that you expect from a national park."