After spending your morning at the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (see ... more » if you haven’t already), you may still find yourself itching to explore the area a bit further, a bit more off the beaten path. Because Mariposa Grove is such a popular spot in Wawona it is usually full of families, which can deter you from the wilderness experience you were seeking. Hiking the Outer Loop Trail will take you further from the crowds, but to truly escape into the forest you will need to wander a little further.
Consider taking this trail into the forest, through meadows and wildflowers, and down to the Wawona Meadow where you will end at the nearby Lodge. It’s a downhill climb the entire way and the 5 miles seem to go by quickly when you are lost in the scenery. less «