Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail

MODERATE 122 reviews
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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail is a 5.6 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
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,207 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

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.

walking
3 days ago

We did the Grizzly Giant (medium) loop. It was stunning and well maintained. The new parking lot was easy and the shuttles were on a steady schedule. This is an easy hike (really a walk) and we did the entire loop vs turning around. As most turn around, the return was really quiet and lovely. Remember we did this in mid October on a Friday.

hiking
6 days ago

October is a great time to visit Yosemite. Very few crowds, perfect weather, just beautiful. The Mariposa Grove has been re-imagined to protect it from the millions of visitors. They have done a phenomenal job! The free shuttle from the parking area to the grove is fast and efficient. We hiked the Mariposa Trail to Wawona Point. The maps say the elevation gain is 1200 feet, but the trail is wide and gently sloping making for an easy trip. It is well with the effort as the views are amazing! Also, once we were out of the lower grove, the crowds thinned and we were nearly alone. Just imagine walking among the oldest living things on earth (2000 years old!) in the quiet of the grove. Stunning.There are many variations to the hike that you can do. We spent about 4 hours and covered most of the highlights.

7 days ago

Great trail with wonderful sites. We stayed mainly on the lower trail for our 3 year old and we had a great time. Went in early October, great weather without a huge crowd.

hiking
22 days ago

Glad it was finally open since it's restoration. Still a very nice hike.

hiking
28 days ago

This hike was more than I expected! So beautiful and inspiring. Parts of the trail had other people but there were times when I was alone which was cool! Perfect weather today.

1 month ago

My fiancé and I came to Yosemite for the first time and would highly recommend this hike.
Right on highway 41 it takes you to park entrance $35 and straight to parking lot. Conveniently bathrooms and rangers are available to answer questions. Free shuttle service to the sequoias. We did the mariposa grove trail. We started at 12 and returned at 4. Beautiful, gorgeous and breathtaking. At wawona peak you can see the entire valley 6,000ft +. Perfect weather and opportunity for tons of photos!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

My wife and I walked/hiked the Grizzly Giant Loop trail on a late August day (2018).
The location of the grove, on Hwy 41 just past the park's south entrance, makes it an easy site to visit when entering or leaving the park that way.
A few pointers that may help with the visit:
1. Free shuttle buses leave every minutes from the main parking area.
2. The bus ride to the "Grove Arrival Area" is less between 5 and 10 minutes long
3. There are facilities at both ends of the bus ride.
5. Once at the arrival area, there are 3 main options for hiking (Depending on time available and stamina): the SHORT "Big Trees Loop Trail" (0.15 mi, 20 minutes), the MEDIUM "Grizzly Giant Loop Trail" (2+ mi, 2 hours) and the LONG "Mariposa Grove Trail" (7+ miles, 5 hours). All three trails start from the same point.
Besides the Giant Sequoias, the trail also features many impressive Sugar Pine specimens.
Depending on the time of your visit, you'll want to bring sunscreen and water along with you.

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months 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

2 months ago

Great trail, nicely restored

3 months ago

Great hike, Sequoias are amazing!

hiking
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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!

3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

Breathtaking!

hiking
3 months 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!

3 months ago

Beautiful!

3 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
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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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