Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail (CLOSED)

MODERATE 62 reviews
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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail (CLOSED) is a 7.9 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
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1410 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

NOTE: Currently closed for restoration. Scheduled to re-open in fall 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.

hiking
3 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
4 months ago

Visited 3 years ago. Very nice.

7 months ago

Closed 2017

hiking
7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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.

Monday, November 14, 2016

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Great place to see the Giants!

hiking
Saturday, April 16, 2016

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

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.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

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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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015