Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
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Richard C
Phoenix, AZ15 contributions
Jun 2022
What a wonderful day in Mariposa Grove. Being our first time in Yosemite we knew the Sequoias in Mariposa Grove would be the first site we wanted to see. The area was busy and parking was very packed. There is a shuttle service to the trailhead which is very necessary (without the shuttle you would have to take a very steep 2 mile hike just to get to the trailhead). There are various hikes you can take and obviously the shorter routes are much busier. Have an idea prior to your trip on what you want to see to better determine the route you want to take. Our family went further than a majority of the crowds and made our way to the Telescope Tree (very cool to actually go inside a Sequoia!). Our "custom" hike was just under 6 miles. Take breaks and plenty of water especially on a warm day!
Written June 17, 2022
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State95,238 contributions
Jul 2021
Mariposa Grove is one of my favorite places in Yosemite. Specifically, the Upper Grove is fabulous.

However, without a shuttle, I do not think that visiting Mariposa Grove this summer is worth the effort for most visitors. Tuolumne Grove has fewer trees but a much shorter hike.

This year, a visit to Mariposa Grove starts with a 2 mile walk uphill on the road (speeding cars) or on the dusty Washburn Trail to access the Mariposa Grove Arrival Area. Even though we started early in the morning, it was already hot on the trail.

We continued to the Grizzly Giant and the California Tunnel Tree. If we had turned around at this point and walked back down to our car, that would have been about 5 1/2 miles. But we continued up.

We saw many trees down, some completely blocking trail access. The January Mono Wind Event was devastating. We chose routes that were not blocked and continued up to Wawona Point. The Wawona Meadow and the (closed) Wawona Golf Course were visible in the distance as this was a clear day.

Our descent included the lovely Upper Grove. The Guardian Loop Trail is well done; it's hard to tell that it's an old road. The Telescope Tree is so much shorter after the winter storms.

We continued down to our car via the road. Drivers with a disabled placard are also able to use this road, and almost all of them were going much faster than the speed limit. Other walkers routinely called out "CAR" in warning. I don't think this was a safe situation for walkers, and I certainly would not take small children on this road.

Our day was about 12 miles. We filled our water bottles at the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza before and after our hike.
Written August 15, 2021
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Lisa G
Aurora, IN531 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
After a 3 mile 1 way hike we came upon some of the most amazing trees you could imagine. It is hard to describe what one feels in the presence of such magnificence. The shuttle from the Mariposa grove welcome center was not running due to covid and the 1st Grove of sequoias are hard to see due to closure of the trail because if a huge wind storm in January but the hike to see the Grizzly Giant and also the California tunnel tree. It was not that crowded when we went later in the day. Bring plenty of water and be prepared to be amazed.
Written July 4, 2021
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kkleinrn
Pleasant Grove, UT356 contributions
May 2021
Perhaps not the best of times but we had a great experience. The hike 1.9 miles up the well worn trail through the woods, or the paved highway is necessary at this time to arrive at the entrance to the Mariposa Grove. Ok, I'm in my 60's and hiked with my 3 grandkids 5 and under, we had to help them up the trail a lot but finally arrived at the top. A great hike! So proud of our little hikers! Beautiful! Perhaps our expectations were lower than some but we had a great time and loved the hike. We did opt to walk back down the highway, no cars, it's just an easy downhill walk, 1.9 miles. If you take the road you can totally bring a stroller. We limited our experience to seeing the sequoias at the entrance to the Grove. There are some amazing ones just as you start down the highway from the parking lot. I totally still think it's worth a visit. We'll hit Sequoia National Park another day to see more of the giants - but the hike is a great one!
Written May 31, 2021
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doublemdoublet
Clifton, VA1,064 contributions
Jun 2021
Rangers were wrong. TIP: Read these 2021 posts people. No family should need to walk 6 miles to see these trees. I saw toddlers, little dogs and the elderly all on their near death hike to the trees during the heatwave. Many never made it. What a National Park Service (NPS) mistake this is! The Rangers are set up on wrong side of the visitor center. The public unknowingly walks to the trailhead without NPS input. You'd think someone is charge would step up. The Shuttles are not running. The New Visitor Center is now 2 miles away from the old Center so everyone with outdated guide books is ill prepared. Plan to see sequoias elsewhere.
Written August 9, 2021
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Adrian N
Polegate, UK339 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This is Yosemite, not Disneyland. So it’s nature at its best. This is hundreds of years of history in the making, it was never designed for humans to have an easy time seeing it. Having said that it has certainly been assisted in modern times to let us visit it. To give a balanced review we took the trail up from the main car park. $35 to enter Yosemite, but that lasts for 7 days. The walk up does have some fallen trees on it, of which most you walk around. If not, sit on it and slide over. It’s a steep walk and takes over an hour. Yes, it’s 2 miles. At that point you reach the car park, or if you had the appropriate badge, that’s where you park. Toilets were open and operational. Fallen Monarch road with easy access at this point is closed as there was damage to it. However easy access road to the left all the way to Bachelor and Three sisters is open, though to be honest if you are pushing a wheelchair it isn’t going to be easy. From here we walked the trail to Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree. Total time at this point for a man of 60 years from entrance to Tunnel Tree took exactly one and a half hours. That was what I wanted to see so I can’t comment on anything else beyond. Return walk was down the road and was smoother but felt longer. No speeding traffic came past, just plenty of happy hikers with pleasant “Good mornings.” Total time to Tunnel Tree and back was 3 hours. Total distance 6.2 miles. Plenty of toilets available at various intervals, road or trail. If you are inspired by natures wonders well worth the effort. If you are looking for Disneyland and staff at every corner you are visiting the wrong location. Put simply, sorry to say but not everyone will be able to visit and enjoy it. For those that can, do. Another attraction nearby is the swinging bridge which is a lot easier to drive and walk to, which we did later, so consider that if you don’t want this strenuous hike.
Written April 30, 2022
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL15,275 contributions
Mar 2022
The grove and trees itself are a 5 star, but the attraction only gets 3 due to mismanagement. First, despite no snow on the road you still have to hike two miles one way to reach the grove. Second, when you get there the trail to the trees was underconstruction and closed. Third, they do not communicate this very well to enable you to plan. If we had known this we probably would have allocated our time differently to another attraction.

What I did see of the grove was impressive and made me wish I had more time. The trail is not bad walking through a beautiful section of forest that still had snow at the highest points. It is just you want to see Sequoias and you don't see them until the end. There are other groves in Yosemite that you could visit if it were known that this was closed. I hope this helps you plan better.
Written April 27, 2022
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John H
Parkville, MD53 contributions
May 2022
Take your time and enjoy this place, which you surely will. It wasn't as crowded as I thought it might be- perhaps it helped that I was there two weekends before Memorial Day-, which helped me savor it even more. I took the trail all the way to Wawona Point (14 miles round trip, I believe), and I'm glad I did, as there were very few people once I got past the main attractions, which also are well worth the visit! I'm glad they made the improvements, even if it added four miles to the hike since there was no shuttle service from the main parking lot. The hike is moderate in difficulty, a bit more so if you go all the way to the Point, but still very doable, and the trails are easy to follow. The Sequoias themselves are fantastic, and Wawona Point was quite a bonus!
Written June 17, 2022
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VelvetSteamroller
Elyria118 contributions
Jul 2020
i am so very glad we got to experience this. my wife and I took our oldest here for her graduation present and it was such a great experience. we came july 2020 during the coronavirus upheaval and couldn't get a day entry pass so we took the YARTS bus into the park and it dropped us of right at the grove parking lot, which is literally right next to the park entrance. we got there as early as the YARTS bus could get us there, so we arrived at the mariposa grove parking area/bus stop at 830am. since they aren't running the park shuttles we walked the trail from the parking area to the grove. there was barely anyone else around, only maybe 10-20 cars in the parking lot. we are very active people so the hike to the grove on the trail wasn't difficult and took us about 45 minutes to cover the 2 miles. once we got to the grove (I want you to listen carefully to me here), it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. there was basically no one there. i counted 11 other people the entire time we were walking around the grove. it felt like we had it to ourselves and i felt so honored to have gotten that experience. i have never had that feeling in nature before. the trees are absolute giants and it was so cool to see them. we sat for 15 minutes on the benches at/under the grizzly giant and just absorbed how large and awesome it is and didn't see another person the whole time we sat there. we walked the rest of the Grizzly Giant Loop Trail and it was just as excellent as anyone could ever ask for. we didn't rush ourselves and we spent a comfortable amount of time in the grove and enjoyed ourselves there. we made it back to the grove parking area to catch the YARTS bus back out of the parking area about 1230 or so. since we didn't know how long it would take us to get to the grove, we were hiking with a good bit of hustle, but were able to take our time in the grove and on the hike back to the parking area. awesome experience, highly recommend. if you decided to take the trail from the parking area to the grove, your shoes and lower legs are going to be absolutely covered in dust. my wife and daughter used the time before the bus came one we got back to the parking area to wash their legs. being the caveman that i am i chose to just stew in my grime.
Written July 31, 2020
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D. Aaronson
Asheville, NC670 contributions
Aug 2021
As of 2021 the road up to the grove is closed, so it's an extra 4 miles (2 each way) to see the grove. Don't let this discourage you though, the advantage is that it is far less crowded than it normally would be. Take some extra water, allow a couple more hours and enjoy the trip.
Written August 24, 2021
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