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Address: Sky Ranch Road, Oakhurst, CA 93644
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Hidden gem north of Bass Lake

If you like hiking then you need to visit this hidden gem north of Bass Lake. Nelder Grove is home of some of the biggest Giant Sequoias in the world! There are several hikes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2015
Madera, California
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Madera, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

If you like hiking then you need to visit this hidden gem north of Bass Lake. Nelder Grove is home of some of the biggest Giant Sequoias in the world! There are several hikes around the grove of varying difficulties, something for everyone.

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Vincentown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

You'll need a good map to find the numbered roads to follow and the last part is unpaved. The hiking path is a loop with informational markers every few yards. It's an easy, level walk, maybe a mile long. We didn't see anyone till we were leaving. Peaceful, beautiful and well worth the trip.

Thank Bonnie H
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

It is a nice place, awesome trees and far from the madding crowd, but it is hard to access during the winter time, unless you have wheel chains or a 4WD. I had to leave the car on the road and walk about 5 miles to get to the grove, but still - when the Mariposa grove is closed -... More 

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Antioch, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The giant tree's are amazing, short 1 mile loop. A definate must do for everyone! Took the dogs out with us, barely anyone there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We hiked the Nelder Grove trail system while on a visit to Yosemite. The Yosemite Mariposa Grove was closed due to renovation work. We wanted to see the Giant Sequoias. The Nelder Grove was recommended to us. It is relatively easy to find and access. However, depending on the weather and time of year, it might not be the best... More 

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Hertfordshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

There aren't many surviving groves of Giant Redwoods, and with Mariposa Grove currently closed for re-establishment (after a forest fire?) this lesser known grove is well worth a visit. There's about a 7 mile bend-rich climbing drive off CA 41 just north of Oakhurst which turns to a dirt road for another mile or so before a small car parking... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Don't let horror stories about getting here dissuade you. It is challenging to find this little gem, but it is well worth the trip. With few people on the trails you have the opportunity to really appreciate nature. One caveat - even the easy trails are anything but. They sport some serious elevation gains which proved too difficult for our... More 

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Dieppe, NB
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The grove is a good 45 min drive from Oakhurst. The last 2-3 miles are on a dirt road and VERY dusty. You'll see about 12 Sequoias (3-4 are fairly big). The grove is very out of the way and most importantly, DON'T FOLLOW GOOGLE DIRECTIONS. It will send you past your destination far into the woods. Follow the official... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

Like some other commentators, we were very disappointed that the most accessible Sequoia grove in Yosemite was closed. We read that the others in the park were very busy as a result. It was a nice surprise to find the Nelder Grove was just a short drive from our place. The directions on their website led us right there. We... More 

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Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Got to see sequoias since mariposa grove was closed. Nice trail and easy walk. Scenic byway is beautiful but scary with drop offs.

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