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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail

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Yosemite National Park

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fish Camp, 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.

Length6.2 miElevation gain1213 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingForestPartially pavedViewsWildflowersWildlifeHistoric siteFeeNo dogs
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Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. Please note that during the winter the road to the trailhead may be closed. Please contact the park before attempting this hike in winter. 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. Since the restoration and re-opening of the grove in the summer of 2018 there is no longer a tram into the area. You must park at the Mariposa Grove parking lot just north of the Fish Camp entrance and take a 5 minute shuttle to the trailheads.

Toilets and a pay telephone are located in the parking area. The pay phone is located outside the gift shop, which is closed in winter. The Mariposa Grove Museum, located in the Upper Grove, is closed during winter.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

If you are leaving later than 10:00 am or don't want to drive in, consider taking the free Yosemite Shuttle. The shuttle stops in 2 spots: a the gas station next to the Wawona Lodge (every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour), or near the Southwest entrance to Yosemite National Park (but be aware that if the bus is full by the time it gets here you will not be able to get on).

You have 2 options to get to Mariposa Grove: to drive in or take the shuttle in. While driving in may seem more convenient, be aware that the parking lot is usually completely full by as early as 10am. Directions from Arch Rock Entrance: Follow Highway 140 into the Yosemite Valley. Bear right on to Southside Drive and turn right on to Wawona Road. Follow Wawona Road southward 32 miles to the Mariposa Grove turn off. Turn left and follow the access road to the parking area. If you are leaving later than 10am or don't want to drive in, consider taking the free Yosemite Shuttle. The shuttle stops in 2 spots: a the gas station next to the Wawona Lodge (every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour), or near the Southwest entrance to Yosemite National Park (but be aware that if the bus is full by the time it gets here you will not be able to get on). The ride is about 20 minutes from Wawona, or about 5-10 from the second stop depending on traffic and seasonal road construction.

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Victoria Chow
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HikingOver grown

I’m in between a beginner/intermediate hiker. The hike was pretty straightforward with a steady elevation gain throughout on the ascent. I came here on 12/2, a Wednesday, and based on reviews and websites it says to come before 7:30am if you want to get parking at the trailhead before they close it off. I did as such but after I returned from my hike 4 hours later at noon the gate was still open, though only a few visitors were still driving up to park. Maybe because it’s low traffic season and it’s a weekday that they kept the top lot open. Regardless, it’s worth driving up to see if the gate is open than to just settle and park at the bottom lot and trek the two miles up to the trailhead without shuttles. The trail is pretty clear for the most part, but some thorny brush is outgrown onto the trail at times. I also almost missed signage for the Telescope Tree turn off because brush was a little high. Probably because it was a winter weekday I had the whole trail to myself. From the ascent, Wawona viewpoint, and the descent, I didn’t encounter another person. A little eery at times but the large beautiful sequoias brought my mind to ease.

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Josh Ritch
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Really enjoyable. The sequoias are so large, and there is a spiritual feeling being around such old large beautiful trees. Would recommend. The size of the trees put my life stressors in perspective.

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Elvia S Martinez
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Silviano Gonzalez Jr
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HikingGreat!Icy

Our tiny crew arrived early and were able to park next to the trailhead. We encountered few people on our ascent. On the way down from Wawona Point the paths were so busy with people. The trail is paved and flat unless you travel by the perimeter trails but even those aren't too steep or rocky. The view from Wawona Point was a pleasure and gave us warm sunshine to bask in. It was a bit disappointing that the Galen Clark Cabin Museum was closed for now. Hopefully it opens soon for another visit. Nevertheless there are still many markers and signs throughout the grove with interesting information about the flora & fauna of the park. The immense size and age of the many famous trees really takes you aback and makes you realize just how fleeting we are in comparison to nature's beautiful creations.

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Sri Varadhan
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Jesus Cervantes
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HikingGreat!

Trail was easy to follow and offered lots to see. Got there about 7:20 am and the gate was still open! I was in heaven with this hike I had been wanting to see it for a while and it was even more beautiful than I imagined. The view from Wawona point is worth it

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J .JM
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This is a great hike to do especially if you are returning to do the outdoors after being dormant for a while, like was the case fo us. The hike is not too tiring, but offers a lot. Lovely giant Sequoias all along and descent views of the park. Note that the trail as shown here starts from the upper parking lot. Presently, access to the upper parking lot for the general public is only if you arrive very early in the morning. The ranger I spoke to said before 730AM. Very likely you will be parking in the lower parking lot, please know there is no shuttle at this point, and the hike up to the upper parking lot is about 2 miles (one-way), along with a net elevation of couple of hundred feet. Most people only roam around the well maintained portion of the trail close to the upper parking lot, and don't go up all the way to Wawona point. The trail as shown here in red, is not exclusively the Mariposa grove trail, but includes portions of the Perimeter trail that is open to horse riders. My impression was the Perimeter trail isn't trafficked much. We saw mountain lion footprints in the snow on the Perimeter trail, and were slightly nervous. If something like that concerns you, don't venture into the Perimeter trail.

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Naren Gunasekera
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HikingGreat!

Get there early to avoid the crowds at the start. Definitely make it up to Wawona point, the views are stunning. We hiked up from the lower parking lot and managed to get around 14 miles in so not sure why all trails shows this as only 6 miles. All in all, a classic hike. We did the latter part in the snow and that really added to the majesty of the sequoias.

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gio delrio
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Amazing views and steady elevation increase!

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Carlos Alvarez
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WalkingGreat!

Hard to describe these magnificent trees to someone that hasn’t seen them in person. Hike was easy although be aware currently there is no shuttle service and the closer parking lot is closed so add two miles to this hike as you’ll start from the lower parking lot. Many chances to cut the hike shorter in the grove if you need it. Great option for an easier day if you need a break from the harder trails.

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Samantha Jones
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If you plan to do this hike before Nov. 1, understand that it is approximately a 10 mile hike roundtrip from the parking lot (no shuttle service). There was plenty of parking at the lower lot and very few people hiking closer to the summit (wawona point). I loved this hike! So many giant sequoias on the hike. Be careful when hiking the less maintained marked side trails, they are overgrown and you could get a bit lost.

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Joy Hatfield
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We arrived at 7:05 am today (Saturday), and was able to drive directly up to the upper parking lot at the Mariposa Grove trailhead so we did not have to park in the lower lot and hike in (no shuttle service running at this time). We were able to get up to the lot and have plenty of parking. The lot only had three cars in it when we were done or hike at 10:45, so I’m not sure what time they shut down the road to the upper lot.

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Jacqlene S
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We arrived at 9am on a Friday. The upper parking lot was completely closed to all cars except those with handicap permits. Plenty of parking available in the lower lot. NOTE: you do NOT have to walk 2 miles on a paved road if you park in the lower lot. At the end of the lot (away from the welcome center), there is an entrance to a lovely 2 mile trail that will bring you to Mariposa Grove. All the trails are very well marked. We ended up taking a few detours based on the signage. I highly recommend doing at least some of the Perimeter trail - we were alone on that trail the entire time, it was like having the Grove to ourselves. Not crowded at all, definitely recommend going on a weekday if you can. Ended up clocking 10 miles with all the detours plus the 2 mile connecting trail. Amazing hike.

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Anders Jecha
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Currently the shuttle that takes you to the redwoods is closed. You’ll need to hike in 2 miles to reach the loops. Still cool, but it’s a dusty 2 miles of forest hiking in and out.

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Robert Huffman
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Lisa Grant
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If you haven't been to the Redwood forests in California this is a lovely trail. You really really wanna get here 1st thing in the morning if the shuttles are not running. The upper parking lot only has about 15 spaces, and if you wind up in the lower parking lot you will have to walk 2 miles each way on paved road with no trail it will significantly reduce your enjoyment of the upper trails. Come early by 7 15 7 30 at the latest, and then you get to spend all of your hiking energy on hiking, rather than on the commute. The upper mariposas trail is lovely and is an actual trail rather than the path that dominates the lower part. Totally worth the time and effort!

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Reyna Paisley
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Loved this trail. Felt like we had the grove to ourselves as we started at daybreak.

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Everardo Mosqueda
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Andrea Burns
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HikingBugsGreat!

This is a peaceful wide road with views of many notable sequoias- faithful couple, Mariposa, clothespin. We followed it to just past the Mariposa tree and then cut into the forest to Mariposa cabin which gives you a serene through-the-woods feel to a beautiful setting where the cabin is.

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Lakshmi Krishnan
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Nice easy 5-6 mile loop. Couple of places were confusing. Keep the trail map on and you will be fine. Awesome view at wawona point.

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Ken Caldwell
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Shuttle bus takes you right to the grove. I hiked here after the last bus of the day, which allowed me to have the grove mostly to myself. I imagine it would’ve been crowded otherwise. Most of the trees are fenced off to prevent people from getting close.

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Sarah Avalon
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We had an amazing hike in Mariposa. My strong recommendation to you is to get there around 7am. If you do you’ll be able to drive to the small upper parking lot and get a spot there. We got there at 7:05 and the lot was about half full. At some point thy close the gate below and everyone must hike the 2 mile road in. This has the result of making the upper parts of the trails almost abandon of people; most just can’t hike up into the area after the hike in. So you’ll have the upper, and better, areas almost to yourselves. The area has misquotes here and there so bug spray is a must. There were heavy crowds around the bottom and lower sections of the trails, though no were near what they usually were before restricted access to the park. Last but not least...please people - wear your masks. Your mask protects us, and ours you, so let’s protect each other!

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Courtney LY
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Fun but challenging, lots of different options for trails

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Lauren Lofts
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The shuttle is not operating this year so be prepared for an additional 2 mile hike from parking to the actual grove. 4 there and back. The trees are amazing and worth seeing if you haven’t been to Sequoia NP. Having been to the groves in Sequoia, these were far more spread out and a bit less impressive (but obviously that opinion is a bit biased). Trail was hot and very dusty!

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Austin Mallick
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WalkingGreat!

Easy hike from the parking lot. Tons of shade and super quiet. Paved trails at the end were nice to stroll.

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Jonathan Tyson
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Michael Atwood
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2-mile bike to the trail with no shuttle, but hike was beautiful and mostly shaded. Did the Grizzly Giant Loop and entire trail was enjoyable. Not many cars in lot or hikers on trail.

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Drew Jones
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Ayo friends, I depend on these reviews to pick good hikes and finally decided to give back to the people. Here's the real: Since the shuttles aren't running, To hike this trail you MUST walk from a parking lot to the trailhead which is an extra 2 miles (one way) to the beginning of the trail. No exceptions unless you have a handicap permit. The trail is alright but very dusty. Not heavily trafficked for a Sunday afternoon. Minimal views because of the smoke. Shame on precious reviewers for not mentioning this. I am not a hater. I am a dude, but not a hater. Just trying to give a heads up for innocent hikists who show up to this trail and wear themselves out just getting to the trailhead.

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