Before you start, be sure to visit the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and grab an overnight permit. More info on this at [nps.gov](http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm).
This trail meanders through beautiful, dense meadows full of wildlife – watch for bears! When you’re not hiking among the wildflowers and babbling brooks, you’re encompassed in red fir forests and small aspen groves. Note that there are only a couple intermittent creeks to filter water (just bring your own to be safe). Be on the lookout for the old cabin John McGurk used in the 1890’s when he was raising cattle near the meadow proper. About 2 miles into your hike, the trail will merge with the Pohono Trail- keep left for Dewey. When you reach Dewey Point, you’ll see plenty of areas to set up a tent or two. Make sure to camp at least 100″ from any cliff edge! You’ll be at eye level with the face of El Capitan (watch for climbers at night!) and at the mercy of Yosemite Valley beneath you.
A few notes to keep in mind:
– Bear country – BE CAREFUL WITH STORING FOOD!
– Dogs are not allowed on trails in Yosemite National Park
– Use only existing fire rings (check fire regulations and get a campfire permit before your trip)
– Max group size is 15, and you must carry out all trash!
Getting there: To get to the trailhead, follow Glacier Point Road eastbound for about 7.5 miles until you see a small sign on the left (north) side of the road marking the start of the McGurk Meadow Trailhead (37.670479, -119.628012). There’s no designated parking area, but there’s a turnoff on the north shoulder just east of the trailhead which can fit about 10 cars.
You can also start this adventure from [Tunnel View](https://www.theoutbound.com/yosemite/backpacking/backpack-to-dewey-point-from-tunnel-view).
- [Wilderness Permit](http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm)
- there are no fully reliable water sources on this hike
- Bear can
- First Aid Kit
- Sleeping bag/pad
- Warm clothes
- it gets windy up there!
- Food for 2+ days
- Camera (optional)
- Rain gear (optional)
- Bug repellant (seasonal)
- in case you want a closer look at the climbers on El Cap