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“Beautiful gian sequioas & a great hike” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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Fremont, California
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“Beautiful gian sequioas & a great hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This is a must do at Yosemite. Stand with the giant sequoias, themselves, hundreds to thousands of years old. The walks around here are easy to moderate, with some parts more strenuous. There are several trail options. The parking is convenient, with bathrooms & water located there, as well as people to help you plan your hike.

Visited August 2013
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“Child unfriendly and racist”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

We visited the giant sequoias with the little train. For 8 persons we paid something like 200dollar. The tour was really boring, repeating the same information you will find in the leaflets. But worst of all is that the French speaking audio guides didn't work, which is a major problem for our children. We signaled the problem serval times they couldn't fix it. I can fully understand that technical problems happen, but I also expect some reimbursement when it does. I had to file a complaint on a lost and found document because they didn't have any complaint forms. No reimbursement was offered. The women at the booth said we could be happy to have english audio guides because tree years ago there was only english. I found this reaction misplaced and racist!

Visited August 2013
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“Sorry but underwhelmed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Having toured the Avenue of Giants north of San Francisco, this was a let down. If coming in via the South Entrance to Yosemite, this is right at the entrance so you would be silly not to stop and wander through the area which has its own beauty. However, if this is not on your travel route, the long drive from Yosemite Valley (36 miles, 1.25 hours) is not really worth the effort. The car park has limited space so even if coming from the south, you may be sent up the road to Wawona to catch the park shuttle back, this will add at least a full hour to your itinerary and is wasted journey each way. We arrived from the north late in the day (in June) and were met with signs at Wawona, around 3.30pm, that the car park at Mariposa Grove was full and should stop, park there, and catch shuttle. We chose to ignore the advisory sign, working on the theory it was late in the day and people would be soon leaving the grove area. It was the right decision as entry was clear and perhaps a dozen free car spaces, or 15% available. That said, if not the gambling type, the park appeared to run plenty of bus shuttles at a good frequency. There are park brochures near the entrance to tree grove walk, although out of English version with explanations, the Spanish quide has map in English so was easy to use. We did the walk about halfway to the top going just past the California Tunnel Tree which meant we covered 5 of the 9 'big' tree sights. The walk is nearly all up a slight gradient, while I wouldn't rate it challenging, there were number of people of age and size that needed regular stops for breath. The tram tour is an option. Our return leisurely round trip walk with stops for photos and reading signs took 45 mins-1 hour for approx. 2.5 miles. If doing the full walk, you are rising in elevation 1200 feet and covering 6 miles so look at 2 hours return.

Visited June 2013
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“Breathtaking!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Let me caveat this that we visited at the height of tourist season in August.

Our first attempt to get to this site we were forced to park many miles from the site. Parking at the off-site staging area was awful. I had to park half a mile away. There was 15 to 20 minutes between buses and we finally punted.

We came back two days later and found that we could drive directly to the Grove first thing in the morning.

My in-laws opted for the open air tram for$26 pp. the rest of the clan walked the trails. 3 hours of hiking allowed us to see all the notable trees on the map. The trees are breathtaking and a must-see if you visit Yosemite.

Visited August 2013
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“Who needs Disneyland...this is the place to visit!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

We were impressed by Muir Woods earlier in the week but this place was even more AMAZING! You really cannot describe the beauty of the trees & the park itself. The woman at the visitor center told us the must see spots in Yosemite are this grove & Glacier Point & she was right!!
We didn't arrive in this portion of the park until approx 5:00 at night.
Pros: hardly any visitors that late in the day & took beautiful pics of the sun setting in the trees. Could also take endless pics without any tourists in them. :)
Cons: Going this late in the day did not give us enough time to reach the upper grove. We were told the upper grove had the largest of the tress. I would have loved to have spent more time in this park but we did not want to navigate the windy roads to get to this spot in the dark on our return to our hotel.
A must see but allow time to get thru the park......and wear comfortable walking shoes!! Enjoy!

Visited July 2013
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