Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite National Park, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
NOTE: Currently closed for restoration. Scheduled to re-open in spring 2017. No trip to Wawona is complete without spending a day exploring the giant sequoias of Mariposa Grove, some of the oldest sequoias in the world. This protected grove of trees is home to over 300 giant sequoias, some almost 2,000 years old! This walking tour will start at the base and take you all over the grove showing you the most popular trees in the area while giving you a lesson on the history of the area, made famous by Galen Clark, as well as sharing some facts about the life cycle of sequoia trees. Various trails criss-cross the Mariposa Grove. To reach the Grizzly Giant or Wawona Point, follow the trail that begins at the far end of the parking area. Hike beyond the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree toward the Galen Clark Tree to reach the Upper Grove and Wawona vista point. On your hike back take an alternate route to see the Clothespin tree and the faithful couple. The best way to see the Mariposa Grove is on foot, but the trails up can be a little steep for some people's taste. Instead consider taking the open-air tram up to the top of the grove and hike/walk back down while stopping at all of the major trees along the way. Tickets are $25 for adults and come with an audio guide, or half price for children 12 and under. The tram is of the hop-on, hop-off style with a stop at the museum about half way up the grove. The Tram stops for 10 minutes here allowing you to walk inside or use the restroom, but feel free to stay longer because another tram will arrive 30 minutes later and you will be able to catch that one instead.
Great place to see the Giants!
We visited Mariposa Grove in 2006, viewing the Fallen Monarch, Bachelor & Three Graces, the Grizzly Giant and the California Tunnel Tree; all very impressive. We were on our way from Yosemite to Sequoia NP, where we would see more bears than ever imagined (hint - go during the early morning or very late afternoon for a better chance of seeing less people and more bears). Sequoias are amazing trees, considering the small size of their cones compared to Sugar Pine cones! Once this area is restored (re-opening sometime in Spring, 2017 - http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/mariposagrove.htm), I highly recommend a visit. For the time being, try Tuolumne Grove or other sequoia viewing areas on the website.
The giant redwoods along this trail are a sight to behold. We were lucky enough to hike the trail the week before it closed for rehab. The NPS estimates this area will reopen spring 2017. Hopefully upon reopening the trails will be more well defined and easier to follow. The dusty trail would often just disappear and we missed part of the trail because we could not find some junctions.
At the time of my visit if you plan to drive to the trail head you need to arrive early for any chance if a parking spot. By 9am the lot was completely full. There is an option of parking in a secondary lot and taking a shuttle to the trailhead.
We were very lucky because we did this trail the day before Mariposa Grove was closed for a major overhaul. We hope it opens again before we move back east because it was spectacular and we would love to spend more time there.
From the National Park Service: The Mariposa Grove is closed, with no vehicle or shuttle access available, from July 6, 2015 until approximately spring 2017.... Foot and equestrian access is allowed along the Outer Loop Trail (see map), from which a relatively small number of sequoias are visible.
If you are interested in a fairly moderate-hard hike. Try hiking from the Wawona Hotel to the Grove. Ask for directions from the information office at the hotel. Approx. 5-10 hours round trip. Mostly up hill going there and down on the way back. Check carefully for trail markers as they are few and far in between.
Very beautiful! Can't wait until I can see Sequoia NP after seeing those. Sadly it will be closed for the next two years. Closing in July 2015.
I was NOT prepared for how beautiful these giants are in person! SPECTACULAR! I have put it BACK on my bucket list...just HAVE to see them again! BE WARNED THOUGH! This trail is now closed as of July 1, 2015 due to restoration & will reopen in 18-24 months.
Awesome hike through beautiful giant sequoias.
This is a very easy hike! The Lower Groves will be packed with tourists looking for an easy stroll to some of the Giant Sequoias, but if you head past the throngs of people to the Upper Groves it is a relatively easy hike but there are hardly any people on the trails! The Telescope Tree is amazing as well as some of the other looking points along the way. The signs on this trail are NOT accurate whatsoever when it comes to actual mileage and distance to points of interest, the trail markers would go from something like 2.7 to 1.9 and back to 2.2 miles from one sign to the next. Renovation on this area of the park begins Summer of 2015 and may last up to 24 months. They are restoring the area as well as relocating the parking lot and making the Upper Groves more accessible for everyone. If you can go before the restoration I would recommend it, as it will be much more touristy once they have paved the roads around the loop!
Very cool and unique hike in the park. We were lucky enough to NOT be camping in the park, and passed this area daily, and we decided to check it out. There's really nothing else like it in the park. Some areas along the trail were still scarred from fires, but when you get to the Sequoia Grove at the end, it's absolutely breathtaking. It's perfect, and well worth the trip.