The federal government did its best to ruin our vacation. We had our heart set on the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite. With that being closed, I desperately searched for an alternative and found this park. Turned out to be a great experience. We found no problems with the attendant at the front gate. Too bad the new visitor's center was not open yet as it looks to be very nice. We only had time to hike the North Grove which was spectacular. These trees are a bit smaller than those in Yosemite I am told, but are nonetheless spectacular. We spent about 3 hours on the North Grove trail. We saw some deer, pretty birds, and a forest that felt enchanted. It only seemed to get better with each corner we turned. Be sure to hike the entire North Grove loop. You won't regret it. It's a bit far from anything else. Nearest food and gas are in Arnold but a lot of things were closed being the off-season. We ate dinner in Angel's Camp which also had few options available but had a very charming downtown.
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