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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 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.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 1,207 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Historic site

No dogs

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Getting There

Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm 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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Jenna L
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Beautiful trail! Completed the hike this morning (8/3). We arrived around 7:15 because we wanted to park in the upper lot. There were about four spots left. When we left around 10am, the gates to the upper lot were closed. If you want to park there, definitely plan to arrive before 7:30am. Fairly easy trail and beautiful light through the trees at this time of day.

Megan Hutchin
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Beautiful. We started hiking at 7 am, took us 3.5 hours. So recommend this time of day. Saw basically no one and the light through the trees was amazing. Pretty easy trail - but I definitely felt the altitude towards the peak. Saw lots of squirrels, deer, and more.

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Taryn Senense
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Nice easy trail for the whole family. There is a lot of option to go further or return back. Tip: try to come to the park before 7:30am to be able to park by the park entrance. The gate closes at 7:30am to oncoming park visitors. You will then have to park your car on the lower lot which is still another 2miles away from mariposa grove trail.

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Leanna Smith
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hiked on 7/28. Make sure to get to the parking lot before 7:30am to save yourself a 2 mi hike up from the lower parking. without shuttles running this is a must. Incredible place to spend early morning watching the sunlight come up through the trees. spotted several deer and very few other hikers until mid to late morning. hike to the point was well worth it.

Natalie Hyde
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Hiked the grove last Wednesday morning! Parked at 550 just before sunrise and didn’t see another soul until I made my way back down to the lower grove 4.5hrs later. Skipped the point, but it was well worth the trek. Breakfast in solitude at the cabin amongst the lupine meadows was absolutely surreal! Of note, the guardians loop is well maintained, but the trails in between are overgrown with lupine + bees

Kristine Csicsery
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! A little hilly in some parts, but definitely doable. Lots of options to make the hike shorter or longer depending on your group. We were lucky to park right at the grove and skip the long walk from the lower lot - a ranger told us that they close the gate at 7:30 AM.

Jenny Young
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Visited and hiked here July 22, 2020. What a beautiful, well maintained area. COVID-19 prevents folks from entering without a pass inside Yosemite. No shuttles- you have to hike up to the grove. It is about a 500 ft gain in elevation and about 2 miles to get up there. Our family of 6 saw the Grizzly Giant and then hiked on to take in the wildlife. We saw a lot of birds and many deer. Beautiful place.

Wenzhen Zhu
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Such a lovely trail. I am amazed by the diversity of local animals who are living here. We encountered 2 friendly deers who are not afraid of humans, multiple squirrels, one of them has white collars, a naughty crow. And yes the sequotias are giant! We are so amazed that they can survive all those years. This trail is fairly easy, and there are lots of shades that made this trail very enjoyable. We still have lots of energy on our way back, we basically run the last 2 miles back and had a refreshing swimming in the river we found on our way back to airbnb.

Travis Houston
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July 17 2020, Perfect time to be in Yosemite during COVID as the park only allows limited people in. Not crowded at all. We did not have reservations into the park. We parked on the roadside 1 mile from South entrance and walked the 1 mile to the park visitor entrance, paid the $20 per person walk-in fee and then walked the 2.2 miles to Mariposa Grove and then another few miles to the Giant Sequoias. This hike is fairly easy and amazingly gorgeous.

Jerry Chen
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Giant sequoia is one of the most fascinating wood I have ever seen. Interesting fact is that the coastal red wood can be the tallest tree and giant sequoia can be highest in volume. The trail is entry level recreational. However much of it should be assigned as educational purpose. Yosemite National Park dedicated much of its effort to the protection and tutorial of sequoia basics. This aroused my interest on such marvelous being and I hope to visit Sequoia National Park one day for an inspiring visit to General Sherman tree, known as the biggest tree in the world.

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Vikram Dave
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Giant sequoias!

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Chad Humpal
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We had a GREAT time hiking to Wawona Point from Mount Raymond Road! 8 miles, 4 hours, 1,280 feet elevation gain, Giant Sequoia, a golf course, a few hikers, and NO Park Rangers! Whew!

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Felipe Da Silva
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Kaylee Vandjelovic
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Hiking

Super easy stroll that will take you up close and personal with some amazing trees. Can make it as long or short as you want. Highly recommend!

Cami Marculescu
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Hiking

Gorgeous leisurely walk through the magnificent old sequoias . I did it in my ‘easy day’ between long and hard hikes in the park. Lots of deer :)

Kara Noland
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Hiking

Great trail! Very well paved and pretty flat. It has great views of the sequoias. Definitely kid friendly!

Lan Nelson
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Love the Mariposa Grove! My second time here since it reopened last year. But the first time was back in March 2019, and there was quite a bit of snow everywhere. This time we went on June 15th, 2020. My 10 year old Daughter and I did this hike. Unfortunately due to Covid the shuttle bus is not running. But no big deal, park at the lower lot at the end and jump on the Washburn trail, which is 1.9 miles to the top and the beginning of the Mariposa Grove trail. We walked about another mile to see the Bachelor and the three Graces and the Grizzly Giant and from there went through the Tunnel Tree and then we took the Galen Clark Cabin trail, about another 1.5 miles up. We were the only ones on that trail. We then looped around past the Clothespin Tree and the Faithful Couple Tree and back onto the grove trail, then back on the Washburn trail to the car. 8.5 miles roundtrip! Bring lots of water with you, some good snacks, and some sunscreen. It was only about 65 degrees when we went, but I imagine it can get a lot hotter in the latter part of summer.

Yasmin Karimi
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Did almost half this trail. Great big redwoods that are similar to sequoia NP and Muir NP. If you are only in CA for a quick trip, then make sure to stop by to see the redwoods before you leave!

J C
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Walked through the grove during my visit in the fall of 2018 on way to Yosemite. Not disappointed...beautiful and majestic trees. A sight to see. Hope to return one day.

Chad Humpal
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I had a GREAT time hiking to the Grizzly Giant from the Mount Raymond Road! 3 miles, 1 1/2 hours, 500 feet elevation gain, a Giant Sequoia, lots of deer, a Park Ranger, and cool temperatures!

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Pavvy 2020
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Moderate 1.9 mile loop to giant sequoia’s. Took trail up (mostly uphill) and service road down. Hardly anyone here so shuttles not running.

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Jon Jamieson
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Beautiful hike with giants. These sequoias are a sight to behold, and the trail allows you to get up close to some magnificent and gorgeous trees. We actually started closer to the gate because the road to the trailhead was closed. Ended up putting about 13 miles in, but it was well worth it. The views at Wawona are amazing. Saw probably 4 other hikers once we left the Grove, but it was February.

JC Curran
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Our family rode our bikes up the 2 mile road (450’ elevation) to the trailhead and completed the full loop. We saw only a few people on the trail until we got back down to the lower loop. Snow pack at the top was minimal and microspikes weren’t needed.

Chrissy Culver
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During winter when the shuttles aren’t running the walk up to the trail head lot suuuuuuuuucks. It’s steeply uphill for 1 mile. Worth it, but just so you’re expecting it — I wasn’t haha.

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Darice Slusser
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Did this trail in the early Summer. Most just do the first couple of miles lined with the “main attractions” and photo ops. Which is the easier part of the trail. But I felt the best part of this this hike was after that with the road less traveled and where you had to work a little harder. It so was peaceful and serene. Not over crowed like the first part. The trees continue to be gorgeous with interesting stories behind certain ones. Came across many squirrels and birds. Near the end of the trail came across a family of deer. They are used to being around people, so they came right up to us. This was such a wonderful hiking experience. Definitely a must when you are visiting the area.

Cory Clemetson
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Bill Weber
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Between Christmas and New Year’s, it was beautiful but very slippery. And, there was no shuttle from the depot to the Grove. That hike is 2 1/2 miles.

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