Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail

MODERATE 197 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.

hiking
4 days ago

Incredible, and very busy. We got in about 8:00 am and still lots of people. This app is incredible! We took the “perimeter” trails and no people anywhere near us. The perimeter trail is the dotted line on this app, next to the red line. Using some of the red line trails out we never took the same trails back down. The climb to Wawona point was a strenuous climb 1,200+ vertical, but so worth it. It’s warm so bring plenty of water and a hat, it’s not always shaded. When we got back down to the parking lot it was some completely filled, absolutely crazy.

hiking
11 days ago

The trees are a must see. Nice options for the various trail lengths.

hiking
15 days ago

Nice up and down 5mi. loop. There were a couple of odd intersections where you could accidentally get on a boring road-like trail. Even in July we got rid of all of the MOB of people who were doing the grizzly giant loop. As soon as we passed the grizzly giant, we really only saw three other groups of hikers. We skipped the point since we were on glaciers point the day prior and that view isn’t going to be beaten. Get there EARLY.

A very nice uphill hike in a forest with many impressive sequoia trees. Many wild flowers in blue white purple pink yellow. The hike takes you to a view over the green valley. ( no waterfalls or granite walls) We arrived a bit late to the park and decided to do this hike as a starter. At the start of the trail there were many people and it felt less natural, but as the trail continued we enjoyed quite , nature and hardly any other hikers near us. Must say tough that It’s not a breathtaking trail. Trail is very wide, most of it on dirt road.

hiking
1 month ago

As others have reported it is heavily used. Best to get here early to beat the crowds. Easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike but busy. We did see saw deer off the trail. There were so many old Sequoias- pictures don’t do it justice so I recommend making the drive to the Mariposa Grove even though it was about 45 minutes from Yosemite Valley.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy stroll through thousand year old trees. What’s not to like.

1 month ago

Such a beautiful trail. Well maintained the whole way. I wish I had more time (and no cranky children) to explore further. The Clothespin Tree was my favorite. Keep your eyes open for snow flowers!

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty cool seeing how big the sequoias can get. The hike was easy enough, the Fallen Tunnel Tree was not what we were expecting, so it was a little disappointing, but it was a beautiful hike in all.

hiking
1 month ago

Well kept trail we stuck to the right most trails on the way up and the left most trails on the way down about 4 and a half hours

hiking
1 month ago

Super fun hike. For the most part it’s paved or tightly packed. Very well marked. Has parts where it’s steeper but most levels can handle these trails. I say trails because it has a lot of different directions but can easily do them all including going to wawona pt in 4-6hrs depending what pace you choose. Enjoy the awe of the largest living things on planet earth

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

We hiked this trail during a light rain. There is plenty of parking and good restrooms at the bottom. There is a free shuttle bus to the top which saves you about a 2 mile walk on pavement. The busses run every 20 to 15 minutes which is very convenient. The trail to the large sequoias trees is easy with a slight slope to it. The path is wide but a little muddy for us due to the rain. The majestic trees are awesome. This is a great picture trail especially when you can get right next to or even in the trees. I recommend the pano feature on an iPhone but going on the vertical direction.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Snow covered the trails and road! But gorgeous! Very doable!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Hiked up to the Wawona Point today. We really enjoyed watching the snow falling off the boughs of the trees, and occasionally having to dodge snowballs thrown by giant sequoias added to the fun. Up near the fallen tunnel tree, there was about 6 inches of snow, which we weren't expecting. This was a really fun trail system to hike. There are so many loops and connectors that it's like a choose your own adventure book. We took a lot of the secondary trails, but there are paved trails almost all the way up if that's more your speed.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Completed this trail on a snowy day so the shuttle buses from the welcome centre weren't running, which added an additional 4 miles along a road. From the trail head, we followed the grizzly giant trail which is largely fenced in and obvious. Beyond the California tunnel tree there is an additional trail which follows a dirt road uphill where you can see more amazing redwoods including the Faithful Couple and the Clothespin tree. Would recommend hiking this extra trail as the crowds really disperse after the grizzly giant.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, fairly easy hike amongst massive sequoias. The views are better the farther you get from the crowds of Grizzly and Tunnel Trees

2 months ago

I actually started this trail at the end of the parking lot,(shuttles are for wimps!) and went all the way to wawona point, making it about 11 miles round-trip really nice trail and the giant sequoias are a sight to see and the view at the top always makes the climb worth it

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice wide trail. The restoration work is fantastic.

hiking
off trail
snow
3 months ago

Awesome trail. Beautiful scenery! Easy trail to follow and hike. Plenty of signs to help guide the way to all points of interest. We hiked from the parking lot to near the top. We ran short on time. Had to make the bus back. Alot of snow at the top of the trail. Kids had a blast. Plenty of places to sit and relax and take in all the beautiful trees! I would recommend getting an early start. To give yourself plenty of time to explore and also less hikers.

hiking
3 months ago

The road is still closed and it is a 2 mile walk up (and down) on a paved street (no ice/no snow). The grove walkway (the small loop) is still mostly covered in well-traveled, packed snow. The crowds thin after you leave the main loop and head up Grizzly (we saw four other people). That loop is still mostly snow covered, but packed down. If you're headed to the point, you'll encounter more of the same and fewer and fewer people. We did it in solid hiking boots, but the going would have been easier at times with crampons. Despite the snow, the trail the entire way was easy to follow, sans a spell on Grizzly on the return part of the loop - - which seems to be very under-traveled right now.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Road leading up to the trail is closed, we walked from the car park up the closed road approx 2 miles. The trail is still snow covered.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Road to TH closed, so hiked icy 1.9 mile road in to start. Then strapped on snow shoes and hiked the loop. Snow was 2-4 ft In most places and well packed (no postholing).

6 months ago

Beautifully remodeled and our precious trees and so amazingly protected! Great loop! Went off season so that added 4 miles to our hike but IT WAS WORTH IT!

6 months ago

This is a rewarding hike. Lots of sequoias, ponderosa pine, and redwoods at all ages and stages of development. Depending how you feel about giant trees, the faithful couple and the clothespin tree are well worth the distance involved. When the government is shut down, there’s about a two mile walk up to the trail head.

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