Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail

MODERATE 95 reviews
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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail is a 7.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mariposa, California 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.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,466 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
4 days ago

A nicely restored area that we were lucky to see at all, as it reopened just a few days before we arrived. We only had a few hours, so we didn't manage the whole loop all the way to Wawona Point but the sequoias are definitely worth it, even if you only walk up to the Grizzly Giant and the Tunnel Tree.

18 days ago

Nice day hike up to Wawona Point and back.

We started in the late afternoon, enjoyed the Sequoias on the way up and the great view from Wawona Point.

Even though we went on a crowded Saturday we saw only a handful of hikers once we went beyond the Grizzly Giant loop. It's an incline all the way up but pretty shaded and easy. Did it in my flip-flops. Saw a black bear on the way down

26 days ago

Great trail, nicely restored

1 month ago

Great hike, Sequoias are amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

An amazing hike that’s fairly simple with lots of water. I hiked it about 5 years ago as there was a heat wave. Be prepared for all kinds of weather. It was worth it though!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trees...
And trail. Hiked this one long before Alltrails existed.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this short trek a week ago and was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen or experienced. The largest Giant Sequoia (giant Grizzly) is thought to be 1,900 to 2,000 years old. A must do when in Yosemite!

1 month ago

Great hike among trees over 2000 years old. The fire marks are for the Sequoias’ benefit as they thrive in normal fire cycles of about 20 years and their bark offers fire resistance. Last controlled burn was in 2000.

hiking
1 month ago

We walked the Grizzly Giant Loop, and added a 2 mile roundtrip pit stop to see the Faithful Couple. The new boardwalk with informational panels at the beginning of the trail are wonderful. Also appreciate the shuttle service from the large parking lot to the trailheads. Very easy, well shaded, very little height gain.

hiking
1 month ago

Breathtaking!

hiking
1 month ago

The revamped Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is as gorgeous as ever! The new pathways are great, and really help keep people away from the trees. The trail to Wawona Point is steep in spots, but beautiful. Wawona Point is still under a bit of construction, but don’t let that stop you! The views from the point are breathtaking. Go as soon as the Grove opens at 8 am, and have a great day!

2 months ago

Beautiful!

2 months ago

Beautiful trail! The giant sequoias are amazing, so much beauty and history. The restoration was worth the wait. Reopened 6/15/18. Arrive early in the morning or later in the afternoon to get a parking spot :)

hiking
11 months ago

wonderful trail, I did this one years ago as I worked in the grove for a summer, and since visited as a tourist. :)

walking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Visited 3 years ago. Very nice.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Closed 2017

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Beautiful loop through the Mariposa Grove. Currently closed for improvements but scheduled to re-open later this year. A must see if you're in Yosemite.

hiking
Monday, December 12, 2016

Great little Hike. Not difficult albeit with some steep parts. You really feel humbled by the size of those sequoia trees. A must do if you are visiting the Yosemite National Park. We did this in May 2015.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Great place to see the Giants!

hiking
Sunday, March 20, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, February 21, 2016

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.

hiking
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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.

hiking
Thursday, August 27, 2015

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.
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hiking
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sunday, July 05, 2015

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.

hiking
Saturday, July 04, 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.

hiking
Friday, June 19, 2015

Awesome hike through beautiful giant sequoias.

hiking
Monday, June 08, 2015

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!

hiking
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, January 11, 2015

A little crowded so go before or after the trams are running. A must see for any Yosemite first timer.

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