Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
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Joseph Robba
Charlotte, NC2,276 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
It was a bucket list item for my wife to see some Sequoias on our trip to the Sierras, and unfortunately the Mariposa grove was closed due to the Creek Fire. We opted to check out the Tuolumne Grove, as it was one of the few areas that had Sequoias and was open.
I'll say that the grove itself is a bit disappointing. I believe there are about 7-8 Sequoias in total, which is a touch underwhelming, when we originally were hoping to see multiple Sequoias all the in the same place. We brought our young kids (ages 8, 5, and 2), and I would say at least for us, it was a bit much to hike down there and back for everyone. The hike down to the Grove isn't bad, but the hike back is mostly uphill, and proved to be quite challenging for us with the kids. The hike itself is not a hard hike, it's just a bit long for the little ones, and having to drag them and backpacks with camera equipment/snack and water, made the trek challenging.
I personally was underwhelmed by this particular grove. The Sequoias themselves, though few, are impressive. There is a dead tree tunnel that our kids enjoyed seeing, but overall It was a long walk down, and a long walk back, for very little.
Written October 10, 2020
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Bidule05
France1,931 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
In Yosemite national park, we hiked the fine Tuolumne Grove Trail (round trip: 2.5 miles, 500-feet elevation gain on return trip; duration: 1.5 hours).
We were amazed by the wonderful and majestic mature giant sequoias, especially the famous “Tunnel sequoia”. We learnt that the tunnel was gauged into the dead giant sequoia in 1878!
Written May 10, 2021
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SAI_Traveller_2015
Hyderabad, India330 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Visited grove couple of weeks back. Please carry food and water. Walk is close to 5 miles if you wish to see fallen trees and complete the loop.

Will take 4-5 hours.
Written April 26, 2022
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1991KEB
Navarre, FL1,546 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
This was a fun walk, about a mile of switch backs and a 400 foot elevation drop, a 10 percent elevation drop. There was snow in several areas to wear correct shoes. The sequoia's were beautiful but remember you have to back up once you get to the bottom.
Written April 9, 2021
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tracey k
Redmond, WA756 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
So, we are camping at El Portal with friends. We had just visited Sequoia National Park and driven down. Friends never seen a sequoia tree. For various reasons we end up at Tuolumne Grove. Merced grove is closed, mariposa drive time too much. To be fair, friends happy with excursion. I was just…sad. This example of leftover sequoias just….nothing like SNP. Still., if this is the only sequoia you can get to, easy enough, but you will work up some heat on Mile walk uphill from the grove to the parking lot. Certainly some nice photographs to be had. I would say in conclusion, go to Mariposa Grove.
Written September 18, 2022
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Kathrine
Pennsylvania589 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
If this is your only chance to see Sequoias, then do this hike. If you plan to go to Sequoia NP, then skip this. There are not many sequoias (maybe 8 in total) at the bottom of the mile+ hike down the hill with an elevation difference of 400'. Take water. The sign says allow 2-3 hours and they mean it. It's easy to go down, but coming up could be/might be challenging for some even though the path is somewhat paved.
Written October 30, 2021
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J M
East Lyme, CT75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
This was our third stop on our way down Tioga Pass. We weren’t able to stop at Mariposa Grove so this was our best option to see the sequoias. The whole trip is about 3 miles round trip. Obviously the hill back to the parking lot is harder to walk then the trip down. We had a bottle of water and we’re just fine. There’s Fallen Giant, Dead Giant Tunnel Tree and a dozen or more big Sequoias. My kids loved crawling through the hollow trees and staring at the sheer enormity of the sequoias. There are benches at the bottom that families were eating at and a few places to sit and rest. Not many though. Definitely worth the hike. We’re from the Northeast and while we have some mighty oaks and pines, they are nothing like the giant sequoias.
Written August 24, 2022
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Clint S
Ellijay, GA387 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This was a crowded place and a tough walk to look at big trees. There are better places to go view scenery of the park. Big trees. Really big trees of course but nothing special.
Written August 2, 2023
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pingaroo
Chicago, IL2,166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Giant sequoias are naturally found only in California, and Yosemite NP has three groves: Mariposa (biggest; closed for restoration until fall 2017), Tuolumne, and Merced (smallest). The Tuolumne Grove & Nature Trail starts from the parking lot on Tioga Road and is 2.5 mi/4 km roundtrip. The trail is rated moderate due to 500 ft/150 m elevation change. The trail condition is very good - paved up to the Nature Trail, which consists of soil terrain.

We chose the Tuolumne Grove over the Merced Grove because it is larger and the trail is slightly shorter (2.5 mi vs. 3 mi). We did this trail at 4PM on the Saturday of the extremely busy Memorial Day weekend. It took us roughly 1 hour with many photo stops. Although Yosemite Valley and even Hetch Hetchy was very crowded, Tuolumne Grove was not. There were plenty of free parking spots, and most people were leaving the grove.

We found the trail very peaceful and beautiful as it wasn't busy and wildflowers were blossoming. We were lucky enough to encounter deer at Big Red, the first giant sequoia. Don't miss the Tunnel Tree and the Fallen Giant. We didn't encounter any mosquitoes on our way to the grove but were bitten by a few on the Nature Trail. Bring bug spray!
Written June 12, 2017
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Marcia E
New York44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
We really want to see sequoia trees and the Mariposa Grove was closed for renovation during our visit. We were directed to the Tuolumne Grove. Easy walk down to the grove. We stopped and stared with our mouths hanging open when we caught sight of the first sequoia you see. They really are indescribable in person. Tough hike back uphill to the parking lot but very glad we made the effort to visit.
Written April 20, 2017
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