Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail

MODERATE 397 reviews
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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite Valley, 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: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,207 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

no dogs

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.

Awesome! These trees are amazing and this trail lets you walk among them! Easy trail, couple slightly steeper spots. There’s a handicap route that takes you past one or two of the really big trees.

hiking
2 days ago

although not the sweeping views of the valley, this is a great hike away from the crowds amongst the trees. The crowds thin out past the giant grizzly leaving the path mostly to yourself. There are many ways up and down. We preferred counter clockwise going up through all the sites and coming down through the switchbacks. Trails are well maintained and go up fairly gently for a view at the top.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike through the Sequoias. Modestly challenging hike.

hiking
5 days ago

Very very beautiful trail, we walked in the back way cause who wants to take shuttles, by far the most peaceful thing I’ve e we done.

7 days ago

I really enjoyed this hike which has spectacular panoramic views at Wawona Point. The sequoia trees were amazing and we were lucky to see five deer up close. The trail's gradual incline resulted in a good workout without the pain. It took roughly three hours to complete.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful trees, but found this very touristy. You have to park your car in the parking lot and a shuttle takes you to the grove. The further you hike, the more peaceful it becomes. The crowd really thins out passed all the roped off areas.

hiking
bugs
muddy
19 days ago

Gets very crowded with children by 10-11am. The view at Wawona Point is worth the walk up— you can follow the road (as opposed to the trail) almost all the way there. Bugs all throughout the trail.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike with stunning view at Wiwona Point at the top. As others have said, the signs tell you 4-6 hours but it can easily be done in 3. Crowds die down as you go further up, we were almost alone at the top and it was awesome. Highly recommend. Trails are wide and well maintained.

hiking
28 days ago

Not normally my kind of Trail because I prefer fewer ppl and Wilderness, but you can’t skip these magical giants. I like the bus in/bus out aspect. Easy peasy. Don’t go to Yosemite and skip this! The camp and historic bed and breakfast/hotel are both adorable and lovely. The camp is next to a river

hiking
29 days ago

We hiked this trail on 10/12 and it was a wonderful experience. There is something g magical to be in the presence of those giant trees! Come early to avoid the crowds.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing walk among giants!

I prefer less maintained and less busy hikes, but it's a beautiful hike to admire the redwoods! It is accessible to all and the round trip took us just over two hours, although they suggested 4 to 6am. The view at the top is superb and worth seeing. In addition, the site is easily accessible by free shuttle from the parking lot.

We really enjoyed this trail! Park signs said it would take 4-6 hours and that it was very strenuous, glad we didn’t listen and did it anyway. Finished in 3ish hours, that’s with stopping for a beer on a bench on the way up, checking out a few notable trees along the way and hanging out at the top for 20+ mins. Lots of great tree spotting for tree enthusiasts like us! If you check out the other notable trees, could definitely take up to 6 hours. Whole trail is very clearly marked and not as trafficked as expected once you leave Grizzly Trail to really begin :)

This trail took 3 hours with a break for lunch at the top at a moderate pace - the signs at the visitors center are a bit conservative. The trail goes through the very touristy area of the Mariposa Grove including the Big Trees and Giant Grizzly loops. Expect there to be crowds to see this highly dense area of Sequoias. Once through this area, the crowds disappear and you start the trek up to Wawona Point. The trail is very wide and mostly gravel. If you don't wish to backtrack, there are numerous side trails (mostly intended for horses) you can take instead to vary up the scenery on the way back.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! A must hike for Yosemite.....kid friendly and great for an easy day!

hiking
1 month ago

Great experience to see and marvel at these grand sequoias.

hiking
1 month ago

This loop will give you the opportunity to see a lot of beautiful sequoias. I would definitely rate it as easy. It's mainly on dirt roads or wide, maintained trails and there are no steep inclines. The crowds die away as you continue to climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely go early was other posts have mentioned! I arrived at around 8:30am and it was already crowded. Once you head up towards Mariposa Grove there are less and less people though. The giant sequoias are such an amazing sight to see. Definitely recommend the park ranger guides, as you’ll learn a lot about how the giant sequoias came to be and how to preserve this beautiful park. Hike up to Wawona Point wasn’t strenuous at all, just a steady incline to the top.

Amazing sight to see.

hiking
1 month ago

there aren't that many sequoia trees when you go on this walk. just a few here and there. good for a leisurely walk but not enough for me.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

Come earlier in the morning (6-8) to enjoy these majestic trees in the cool of the day and without too many people thronging around. We took the Mariposa Grove Trail for an easy walk, but the perimeter trails provide many options to have a more challenging hike. Some of the smaller connecting trails (e.g. branching off from the perimeter trail on the way to Mariposa Cabin toward Faithful Couple) are no longer maintained, and are deliberately closed to hikers with felled trees and branches. We tried finding one of these routes but turned back because of all the scratches we were getting.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Amazing experience hiking among the sequoias! We arrived at about 6:30 on 9/3 and only one other car was parked up at the trailhead when we arrived and they were only there to see the grizzly giant and then leave, so we had the entire trail to ourselves on the way up to the lookout. All the sequoias were amazing and so glad I got to see them. Would recommend to everyone as long as you get there before the crowds. On our way back down we began to see more and more people until it was eventually very crowded and was no longer enjoyable

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail on Thursday. We got in early - there by 715 and still parking spots left at trailhead. Think they close the road by 730 and then shuttle service starts at 8. Best part about that timing was we only saw half a dozen people most of the time we were there. Getting to be with these spectacular trees again was amazing - but all the better with no one around. My favorite section was the guardian loop - incredible and such a special place. There are lots of trails beyond this one trail - just enjoyed exploring. By the time we came back down, the crowds had arrived. Agree that most don’t go beyond the Grizzly Giant, but I was so glad we went early and had the place to ourselves. Very special.

hiking
2 months ago

Many Mule Deer including 2 fawns

Beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike for kids (11, 8, 6). Arrive early (before gate closes or for the first shuttle at 8am)... we went in August and there were only a few people on the 8am shuttle with us. We had the park mostly to ourselves for the big tourist spots (Bachelor and 3 Graces, Tunnel Tree, Grizzly Giant)... then take the perimeter route up to Galen Clark cabin... you will feel like a pioneer! By the time we got back to the base, it was amazing to see how crowded it was!

hiking
3 months ago

We hit this trail at 6 am to try to get a coveted parking spot at the trailhead. We could have waited another hour to 90 minutes as there was no one there! There are at least 8 parking spots that are not handicapped for the taking before the shuttle service closes the road at 8. You can always drive out of the gated road from the trailhead even with the buses running. The giant sequoias are worth seeing. Use the All Trails map for navigation and do the loop. I don’t recommend Wawona Point unless you have nothing better to do. There are far better views in Yosemite.

hiking
3 months ago

I did this yesterday and a little jaded in the review since I had just done Half Dome (via Mist Trail up/John Muir down) the day before and Sentinal Dome/Taft Point loop 2 days before and they were so much better. It was nice to have a little change of scenery with the giant sequoias but there were a few issues: 1) It’s really busy with tourists until you get further out 2) you have to take a shuttle from the main parking lot which all of just felt kitschy 3) the trail is easy to miss since there are different routes and service roads that are confusing so keep an eye on the All Trails GPS if you’re in a time crunch 4) the view from Wawona Point isn’t that spectacular in comparison to the others in the Valley. I’ve only recently started hiking but I would think there are better ways to see the giant sequoias elsewhere with less people. But I still give it a 3 star since the trail is a good way to get away from the crowds near the shuttle area to see sequoias in Yosemite. I would maybe do this first before doing the ones in the valley. I had low hiking shoes but could’ve easily done it in trainers and certainly trail runners. A good amount of shade being a forest grove and all :)

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