Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
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rrkkjones
Moorpark, CA274 contributions
Beautiful Sequoias! Warning - A 4-mile STRENUOUS hike!
Oct 2021
We were visiting Yosemite National Park and, of course, this was one of our must-sees! This is not something you can easily just drive by, walk to, and see. For people with handicap placards, however, you can drive up a special access road thereby eliminating a minimum 1.8m strenuous hike. You still have to walk some distance to see the famous trees in the area.

For those who are not eligible to use the special access roads, from the parking lot you have to first hike 1.8 miles to be even near any famous sequoias. This hike is pretty strenuous and uphill!!! One of our friends has bad asthma. This climb was extremely difficult for him, but he did make it. Whether that was wise is another question. It was also hard for me and for other people in our party. Once you reach the top you still have to hike/walk more to see the Grizzly Giant, the Bachelor and the 3 Graces, and the Tunnel Tree. But that hike or walk can be done on a paved road with a not-so-bad incline -- relatively flat.

Note, if you go up, you have to hike down to the parking lot! So, this trip is easily a 4-mile difficult hike. Due to covid, the shuttle to bring you down the parking lot (once you are up near the grove) is not running. Fortunately for us, we had somebody in the parking lot who was able to beg the ranger to allow her to use the special access road to pick us up. (So we didn't have to do a return 1.8 m hike).

We weren't sure if we would be picked up but our plan of attack then was to walk down the special access road. We thought that would be an easier walk down rather than the original path we took. We did see a few people walking down this special access road. So just be forewarned before you start your trek. Bring water!

Was it worth it! Personally, I thought seeing the beautiful trees and grove was worth the hike. I just wished that we knew what we were getting ourselves into before we started. If we knew ahead of time, our friend probably would not have done the trek. Would I do it again? I think so!
Written 18 October 2021
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Suzanne
Pottsboro, TX47 contributions
Giant sequoias are worth the effort
Sep 2021
There is apparently one grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite and this is it. Yes, it is a 2 mile hike each way. We were rerouted here due to the fires in Sequoia which would have been much easier access to the sequoia trees so I was fussing as I walked this trail, believe me. With that said, the walk was beautiful along the trail and once there, the trees are magnificent, making it well worth it. A couple told us their plan to walk back on the actual road which was genius. It was still 2 miles but much less dusty and rough. It seemed to make it easier to take. This stop was a great way to start in the park if you enter the south entrance, it is immediately as you enter. Take plenty of water and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Excellent!
Written 8 October 2021
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Dr Jeff
14 contributions
Know before you go....
Sep 2021
6.1 mile round trip. 3 hours from parking lot. It was entertaining to see so many people realize they should have hit the gym before their vacation. Lots of sore backs and sweating going on. Other than that, if you are fit....this place is awesome.
Written 25 September 2021
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messier27
Fountain, CO218 contributions
Wind storm disaster has closed the shorter of the loops
Aug 2021 • Solo
First the bad- it's supposed to be a short, easy area of hikes. Unfortunately, it requires a 2 mile hike just to get to the Grove. This can mean a lot to those of us that aren't able to do alot of extended hikes for various hikes. Along with that, a huge disaster destroyed a large number of the sequoia in the Grove and as a result the shorter of the hikes was closed for damage. Don't misunderstand me, the park service always has my respect in all things they do. They obviously had to close the grove. It's just disappointing after the hike just to get there. The grizzly giant hike is listed as easy and it would be if there wasn't 4 additional miles added to it but should be updated to moderate. With all that, the sequoias are amazing and it was worth it. I even saw a Rubber Boa on the trail which was a first for me
Written 24 August 2021
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D. Aaronson
Asheville, NC656 contributions
Beautiful Sequoia Grove
Aug 2021
As of 2021 the road up to the grove is closed, so it's an extra 4 miles (2 each way) to see the grove. Don't let this discourage you though, the advantage is that it is far less crowded than it normally would be. Take some extra water, allow a couple more hours and enjoy the trip.
Written 24 August 2021
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State92,468 contributions
Might not be "worth it" in 2021
Jul 2021
Mariposa Grove is one of my favorite places in Yosemite. Specifically, the Upper Grove is fabulous.

However, without a shuttle, I do not think that visiting Mariposa Grove this summer is worth the effort for most visitors. Tuolumne Grove has fewer trees but a much shorter hike.

This year, a visit to Mariposa Grove starts with a 2 mile walk uphill on the road (speeding cars) or on the dusty Washburn Trail to access the Mariposa Grove Arrival Area. Even though we started early in the morning, it was already hot on the trail.

We continued to the Grizzly Giant and the California Tunnel Tree. If we had turned around at this point and walked back down to our car, that would have been about 5 1/2 miles. But we continued up.

We saw many trees down, some completely blocking trail access. The January Mono Wind Event was devastating. We chose routes that were not blocked and continued up to Wawona Point. The Wawona Meadow and the (closed) Wawona Golf Course were visible in the distance as this was a clear day.

Our descent included the lovely Upper Grove. The Guardian Loop Trail is well done; it's hard to tell that it's an old road. The Telescope Tree is so much shorter after the winter storms.

We continued down to our car via the road. Drivers with a disabled placard are also able to use this road, and almost all of them were going much faster than the speed limit. Other walkers routinely called out "CAR" in warning. I don't think this was a safe situation for walkers, and I certainly would not take small children on this road.

Our day was about 12 miles. We filled our water bottles at the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza before and after our hike.
Written 15 August 2021
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bobbyza
Phoenix, AZ313 contributions
Different side of Yosemite!
Jul 2021
Mariposa Grove, a large area made up of many giant sequioas is less visited due to its extreme SW corner of Yosemite. Due to Covid, the 1 mile uphill shuttle was NOT running so my wife and I added 2 miles to our hike. Trail from the trailhead is only slightly moderate uphill and not very challenging. But the visit to the Grizzly Giant , 2700 years old, was quite exciting and in our opinion well worth it!
Written 9 August 2021
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doublemdoublet
Clifton, VA1,053 contributions
A L E R T the P U B L I C >>> N P S
Jun 2021
Rangers were wrong. TIP: Read these 2021 posts people. No family should need to walk 6 miles to see these trees. I saw toddlers, little dogs and the elderly all on their near death hike to the trees during the heatwave. Many never made it. What a National Park Service (NPS) mistake this is! The Rangers are set up on wrong side of the visitor center. The public unknowingly walks to the trailhead without NPS input. You'd think someone is charge would step up. The Shuttles are not running. The New Visitor Center is now 2 miles away from the old Center so everyone with outdated guide books is ill prepared. Plan to see sequoias elsewhere.
Written 9 August 2021
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David B
2 contributions
Disappointing
Aug 2021 • Family
It’s unfortunate that road to trailhead is closed and requires 2 mile hike each way. To see few sequoias you have to hike another 2 mile loop. Will need to hike 6 miles to see very few redwoods. It’s unfortunate that they had so much damage in windstorm but until road to trailhead or shuttles are running its simply not worth the time. It’s worth 30 mins of time but not the 3-4 hours it takes. Due to disappointment we altered plans and drove 3 hours to Sequioa National Park and saw General Sherman and Congress trail loop which was nothing short of amazing if you can swing it. Many more trees with easy trails for hikers of all ages.
Written 8 August 2021
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Jane a
Asheville, NC8 contributions
Be prepared to hike 2 miles one way to get there.
Jul 2021
I guess due to COVID-19, the ability to get close to the grove is hiking only unless you have a handicapped placard, in which case you can drive right up and park. So, be prepared to hike in 2 miles, mostly uphill to get to the tree grove, plus more hiking in the grove to see the main tree attractions. The rangers were not going to budge on this arrangement. There is no shuttle. I didn’t hike further into the grove after the 2 mile hike to get a look at the trees because I already had blisters from previous hikes but my husband did and he was only mildly impressed as we’d seen similar trees traveling around Yosemite.
I highly recommend going to Glacier Point in addition to Yosemite valley. Fantastic!
Written 24 July 2021
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