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Nelder Grove

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Address: Sky Ranch Road, Oakhurst, CA 93644
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Simply Breathtaking

It's a little bit hard to get to Donna long and winding dirt road but the trip is so worth it. Up close to giant redwoods and bristlecone pines. Pretty level 1 mile hike... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Morgan Hill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's a little bit hard to get to Donna long and winding dirt road but the trip is so worth it. Up close to giant redwoods and bristlecone pines. Pretty level 1 mile hike anyone in reasonable condition could do this. If you're in the Yosemite area this should really be on top of your list.

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, don't blindly follow the sat nav which kept insisting we drive down really rough dirt tracks, which were just a puncture waiting to happen. We eventually got there sticking to the main roads, a longer way round but much safer. There are about 3 or 4 short trails (Bill Buik, Chimney Tree & Big Ed) with sign... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Nelders Grove - a very bumby drive there, but do - able . One part of the road is a sand trap right before the grove itself, so don't slow down or you'll get stuck! I suggest wearing long pants, long sleeves and good socks and hiking boots because the flies bite! Shadows of the Giants is... More 

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Fountain Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group was disappointed upon getting to Yosemite and finding the Mariposa Grove closed for renovation. However, we found a county park just north of Bass Lake that was a great alternative. Nelder Grove is located about an hour south of the south Entrance to Yosemite, about 30 minutes north of Bass Lake. To get there you start on paved... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really wanted to see some of the famous giant sequoias on our US trip and this was a great opportunity to do so as Mariposa Grove was closed. Some of the dirt tracks in to the woods are quite rough and rutted so be warned if your car is low slung or of a delicate disposition. There are several... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited twice. Would go again. This is the path not commonly taken. Beautiful giant redwoods in the "Giants" section. Gorgeous, easy hike.

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The 1 mile Shadow of the Giants loop is an easy, beautiful hike that is enhanced by descriptive signs along the way. It was well worth the drive from Tenaya Lodge to Oakhurst to see this gorgeous grove of trees, especially since Mariposa Grove is closed this summer for renovations. Trail is easy enough for a family hike. When you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nelder Grove is off the beaten path, and completely worth coming to if you want to avoid the crowds of Yosemite. Nice and easy short loop hike to see the Bull Buck Tree and Chimney Tree. You will see locals here riding as well as just walking their dogs. Loved having a 4x4 to drive up the trail as it... More 

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Greenfield, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The trail through this grove is maintained by the Forest service. It is a beautiful place, close to Bass Lake. We were there in the morning, and had the place almost to ourselves. By late morning/noon, it got busier. But it is still enough out of the way that many people do not bother to find it. The Mariposa Grove... More 

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Minden, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

The main trail takes you on short , beautiful 1 mile hike, by dozens of Giant Sequoias. Most people just take that hike and trail, and are unaware that most of the trees are on other loop trails accessed at the nearby campground where there is a trailhead. Beautiful pristine place, accessed by a rough dirt road. Not recommended for... More 

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