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    Member Since February 2015

    Dan Sakimoto

    Fullerton, California 

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    hikingnature tripsscenic drivingwalking

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    Dan Sakimoto reviewed Grizzly Giant Loop Trail

    3 months ago

    One of the really great results of the recent restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is that the trail system there is now clearly designated, mapped and marked. There are currently four designated hiking trails at various levels of difficulty. The only trail rated as “moderate” is the Grizzly Giant Loop Trail.

    The trail is a two mile (3.2 km) loop that takes an average of 1.5 to 2.0 hours to complete. All the trails have the same starting point at the Mariposa Grove Arrival Area. You’ll walk along a boardwalk until you reach the first major attraction, the Fallen Monarch. From there follow the signs and go straight for about a half mile of gradual incline until you reach the next attraction, the Bachelor and Three Graces. From there the trail curves gently a couple of times before you arrive at the biggest (figuratively and literally) attraction in the Grove, the very impressive 1,800-year-old Grizzly Giant tree. Just past the Grizzly Giant is another interesting attraction, the California Tunnel Tree.

    We noticed at this point most of the crowd turned around and left the way they came. This makes for a shorter and less strenuous up-and-back hike, but I recommend that if you have the time you should complete the loop. If you choose to do so, there is a sign near the California Tunnel Tree that will point you in the right direction. This part of the loop is definitely longer and more strenuous as it features a 300 foot (31 meter) elevation gain. However, there are definite benefits to completing the loop. First, this portion of the trail is far less crowded, allowing you to really enjoy the surroundings. Second, you get a nice feel for the forest as you walk under a canopy of trees in certain sections. Finally, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll spot some wildlife – we crossed paths with a few deer along with many squirrels and chipmunks, and were able to observe a woodpecker working on the trunk of a Ponderosa Pine.

    After an almost seven-hour drive to reach Yosemite, this hike was the perfect length and level of difficulty to get our legs stretched out and to burn some pent-up energy before proceeding to Yosemite Valley. Whether or not you decide to complete the entire loop, this trail is highly recommended.

    Dan Sakimoto completed Grizzly Giant Loop Trail

    3 months ago

    Dan Sakimoto updated Pa'rus Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto updated Pa'rus Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto updated Pa'rus Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto updated Pa'rus Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto updated Pa'rus Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto updated Pa'rus Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto reviewed Shakespeare Arch/Sentinel Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Located in a corner of Kodachrome Basin State Park, the Shakespeare Arch trail is reached via an unpaved road (be sure to get a map from the Park Visitor Center). Once there, you’ll encounter a short (1/2 mile up and back) trail to the only natural arch in the Park.

    NOTE: Even though the trail is short, it is almost completely exposed, so you should wear a hat and sunscreen. The trail itself is rocky in several areas, so proper shoes are strongly recommended.

    The hike to the viewing area for the arch is not terribly tough and you’ll get an interesting view. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can scramble up the side of the hill next to the arch and continue along behind the arch on the Sentinel Trail, which by contrast is rated strenuous.

    Dan Sakimoto reviewed Lighthouse Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto reviewed May Lake Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Bright Angel Point Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Cape Final

    over 3 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Montana del Oro Bluff Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed General Grant Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed General Sherman Tree Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Bristlecone Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Navajo Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Queens Garden Complex Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Peekaboo Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Emerald Pools Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Lower Emerald Pool Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Pa'rus Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Angels Landing Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed South Silver Falls

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Little Baldy Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Moro Rock Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Mirror Lake via Valley Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Vernal Falls Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Valley Floor Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Convict Lake Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Little Lakes Valley to Gem Lakes

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Upper Antelope Canyon

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed May Lake

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Panorama Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Dan Sakimoto completed Tustin Branch Trail

    almost 4 years ago