Tuolumne Grove Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November.
1 mile downhill to a beautiful loop through the giant trees. Enjoyed the shade of this hike as my last hike in Yosemite in the late afternoon. The hike back up is back up for 1 mile so save yourself some water!
Don't take the pinecones, don't even touch them. I was sad to see so many visitors to the park not following the simple rule...
pretty easy hike. super pretty trees!
Nice fairly short trail. My grandchildren and I took it primarily because Mariposa Grove is closed for the next year.
the sequoias were amazing great hike
This is a rare trail that descends at the beginning and then you've got to trek back up to the parking lot (which has restrooms.) The sequoia trees were really cool to see up close, their size is amazing.
Tuolumne Grove features about 25 sequoia trees at the end of a mile road downhill. Begin at Tuolumne Grove parking lot at Crane Flat on Tioga Road and follow the road down to the “Entering the Tuolumne Grove” sign. The first sequoia is 0.2 mile past the sign, with trails through the grove. The 0.5-mile interpretive trail begins at the Tunnel Tree, goes left down the road, and crosses the bridge at the right side of the picnic area. When we visited in 2000, the big sequoia looked a bit "plastic" and the Tunnel Tree was already deteriorating. The 500 ft. elevation gain and mile hike back up the hill was strenuous and uneventful. We toured this small grove instead of Mariposa due to time constraints. While the trees are impressive and improvements to the area were made in 2014, Mariposa is the better choice. Update: this hike provides a pretty good sampling of the trees, and if you can't drive down to Sequoia NP, Tuolumne is worth the time, as Mariposa is closed until 2017: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/mariposagrove.htm.
Tuolumne Grove is offers views of some impressive Sequoias and nice picnic area and interpretive trail. The walk back up to the parking lot is steep. This is a must when visiting Yosemite. We hiked in August and had to park along the road since the traffic was heavy and parking lot was overflowing.
Easy hike but the full hike from hodgdon to Tuolumne is't on here. It's longer but much less busy.
The "trail" to the grove is a moderately steep paved road. Once you get to the grove there is a nice short interpretative trail. There is also one downed tree the kids can crawl through. If you have time to only visit one sequoia grove in Yosemite go to the Mariposa grove, but if you are in the neighborhood this is a pleasant hike.
This was the first hike we did in Yosemite and it was absolutely breathtaking and inspiring. The walk down to the sequoias was nice and easy. It began to rain while we were in the grove, which was probably the reason there weren't that many people on the trail. The walk back up to the parking lot is moderately steep and will definitely get your blood pumping. This is a must when visiting Yosemite.
Nice hike on March 30. No snow no water. Kids didn't complain.
not so easy in winter! we were ambitious and did this trail in about 2 feet of snow. it was fun but tiring especially on the way up! we used our poles and had full gear but still had to take breaks. Trees were amazing to see... definitely worth the trip! If you are fit, do this in winter!
Went here around 4:00pm, and only saw two other people in the whole grove. It's a good alternative if Mariposa is too crowded! Trees are beautiful, of course.
This trail is paved, but steep. And you go down to get to the trees. The Sequoias are simply humbling to look at. They are HUGE! But save some energy, it is all uphill on your way back to the trail head.
I loved it for my first hike. I was worn out but feel great after!!