Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail

MODERATE 431 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
2 hours ago

This is an incredible hike, highly recommend. It can get crazy with people, so get there at sunrise for the best experience. I have a full guide with turn by turn visuals on HikingGuy com, check it out first.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
15 days ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Walked this today. I saw 2 other humans, squirrels and some birds. A couple fallen trees near the Mariposa Grove. If you are starting from the Wawona Hotel, the trail is behind the hotel....go out the back, pass the kitchen and head up the hill.

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 months 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
2 months ago

Beautiful hike through the Sequoias. Modestly challenging hike.

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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.

Nice hike. I recommend to get quickly out of the main trail to avoid the crowd.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing walk among giants!

Je préfère les randonnées moins entretenues et moins achalandées, mais c’est une belle randonnée pour admirer les séquoias! Elle est accessible à tous et l’aller-retour nous a pris à peine plus de deux heures, bien qu’ils suggéraient 4 à 6h. La vue en haut est superbe et vaut le détour. De plus, le site est facilement accessible en navette gratuite à partir du stationnement.

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
3 months ago

We took this hike with our kids. We live in Texas where a tall tree might reach 40', so our kids were in awe by the giant sequoias. Giant Grizzly is awesome, but don't stop there. There are so many other impressive trees to see. We loved it. Even the Fallen Monarch was amazing.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Great experience to see and marvel at these grand sequoias.

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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.

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