About this Trail
Dana Gardens is a section of meadow that you pass through when you begin the climb up Mt. Dana, the second highest peak in Yosemite National Park. First you meander a bit through a forest, and I've heard tell that in that forest there can be found some carvings on the trunks of trees made by Basque shepherds who were there before it was a national park. I've never seen them, only heard about them. The trail eventually climbs gently to the right, and after walking only 10 or 15 minutes you come across a meadow and sloped hillside that -- when the timing is right -- abound with wildflowers! I was there the last week of July 2009 and it was perfect. We saw wild onion, larkspur, lupine, Indian paintbrush, and a lot of others flowers I can't identify. If you keep climbing up the trail you're treated to amazing vistas!
Directions to Trailhead
Park either just outside of, or just inside, the Tioga Pass ranger station. The trail starts to the east of the little ranger station hut.
Notes on Difficulty Rating
The 10 or 15 minute walk to the gardens is quite easy. If you keep climbing up Mt. Dana toward the summit, make sure you've got water and warm clothing.