Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail

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Yosemite National Park

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail is a 10.0 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fish Camp, 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.

Length10.0 kmElevation gain370 mRoute typeLoop
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Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is per person. You can also purchase a park-specific annual pass. Yosemite is open with some services limited due to COVID-19. Reservations are required to drive into Yosemite. Some services and facilities are limited, and shuttles are not operating. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm 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. The Fallen Monarch, the Bachelor and Three Graces, the Grizzly Giant, and the California Tunnel Tree are found on the lower grove 2.2 mile loop. The Faithful Couple, the Clothespin Tree, the Columbia Tree, the Telescope Tree, the Fallen Wawona Tunnel Tree, and the Galen Clark Tree are on the upper grove loop. Even further along the trail, you will come to Wawona Point.

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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Ando A
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It’s currently closed, no parking access, park ranger will cite you for entering

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Dana Elizabeth
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Very crowded but the trees were amazing

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Kathryn Burns
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Lots and lots of downed trees....nature’s obstacle course!

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Laura S
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This is a great hike. Did this trail in January, so had to hike from the parking lot to the welcome center. Ended up being about ten miles total. It is icy and snowy in places. Tons of gorgeous trees on the way up. It’s a very steady incline.

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Stephanie Nason Bolton
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Breathtaking! Path is muddy and icy in some areas. It was getting close to dark so we didn’t complete the entire loop but we will be back! This beautiful hike should be an all day event to take your time and take in the majestic sequoias.

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Whitney Ensom
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Bring your trekking poles! It gets icy toward the visitor center. Beautiful blue sky!

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chris scriven
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Johnathan Glissand
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Stunning trail!

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Eric Yan
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Great views. This ended up being 11 miles over 6 hours from the parking lot at Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza. We took the trail instead of the road from the welcome plaza to the trailhead which we would highly recommend. If there is heavy snow like there was when we hiked it, budget more time. This would have probably been a 4.5-5hr hike without snow but with snow it can be challenging.

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Jonathan Herman
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This was a fun hike but not one we were eager to accomplish quickly. We were continuously stopping to gaze on the enormity of these giant Sequoia's. With it being winter and the California's current Stay-at-Home order, the park is only open 8am to 5pm and has really cut down on visitors. We started hiking at 9am and didn't see any people until around 12 when some people finally caught up to us at the end of the trail at Wawona Lookout.

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Jennifer Ogawa
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Nice hike through the big trees. You can take many different paths to the end which is Wawona Point. Wawona Point has a great view of Wawona. Cannot see Yosemite valley from here. This trail has a lot of shade. I did this trail before the big winds that blew over many of the trees.

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Missy Gaud
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Beautiful view at the top, totally worth it.

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Dylan Sanchez
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Weather was absolutely perfect once you started hiking a few miles. We were hoping to make it to wawona viewpoint but got there a little late and with the sun setting so early we had to turn around early. There was still plenty of parking even though we got there kinda late. Overall the grounds were well maintained and gorgeous. Make sure to keep track of the time we got stuck on the way out in the dark.

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Victoria Chow
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I’m in between a beginner/intermediate hiker. The hike was pretty straightforward with a steady elevation gain throughout on the ascent. I came here on 12/2, a Wednesday, and based on reviews and websites it says to come before 7:30am if you want to get parking at the trailhead before they close it off. I did as such but after I returned from my hike 4 hours later at noon the gate was still open, though only a few visitors were still driving up to park. Maybe because it’s low traffic season and it’s a weekday that they kept the top lot open. Regardless, it’s worth driving up to see if the gate is open than to just settle and park at the bottom lot and trek the two miles up to the trailhead without shuttles. The trail is pretty clear for the most part, but some thorny brush is outgrown onto the trail at times. I also almost missed signage for the Telescope Tree turn off because brush was a little high. Probably because it was a winter weekday I had the whole trail to myself. From the ascent, Wawona viewpoint, and the descent, I didn’t encounter another person. A little eery at times but the large beautiful sequoias brought my mind to ease.

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Josh Ritch
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Really enjoyable. The sequoias are so large, and there is a spiritual feeling being around such old large beautiful trees. Would recommend. The size of the trees put my life stressors in perspective.

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Elvia S Martinez
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Silviano Gonzalez Jr
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Our tiny crew arrived early and were able to park next to the trailhead. We encountered few people on our ascent. On the way down from Wawona Point the paths were so busy with people. The trail is paved and flat unless you travel by the perimeter trails but even those aren't too steep or rocky. The view from Wawona Point was a pleasure and gave us warm sunshine to bask in. It was a bit disappointing that the Galen Clark Cabin Museum was closed for now. Hopefully it opens soon for another visit. Nevertheless there are still many markers and signs throughout the grove with interesting information about the flora & fauna of the park. The immense size and age of the many famous trees really takes you aback and makes you realize just how fleeting we are in comparison to nature's beautiful creations.

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Esther Chance
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Not too crowded. Lots of redwoods. Get there before 730am to park in the lot connected to this trail.

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Sri Varadhan
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Jesus Cervantes
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Trail was easy to follow and offered lots to see. Got there about 7:20 am and the gate was still open! I was in heaven with this hike I had been wanting to see it for a while and it was even more beautiful than I imagined. The view from Wawona point is worth it

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J .JM
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This is a great hike to do especially if you are returning to do the outdoors after being dormant for a while, like was the case fo us. The hike is not too tiring, but offers a lot. Lovely giant Sequoias all along and descent views of the park. Note that the trail as shown here starts from the upper parking lot. Presently, access to the upper parking lot for the general public is only if you arrive very early in the morning. The ranger I spoke to said before 730AM. Very likely you will be parking in the lower parking lot, please know there is no shuttle at this point, and the hike up to the upper parking lot is about 2 miles (one-way), along with a net elevation of couple of hundred feet. Most people only roam around the well maintained portion of the trail close to the upper parking lot, and don't go up all the way to Wawona point. The trail as shown here in red, is not exclusively the Mariposa grove trail, but includes portions of the Perimeter trail that is open to horse riders. My impression was the Perimeter trail isn't trafficked much. We saw mountain lion footprints in the snow on the Perimeter trail, and were slightly nervous. If something like that concerns you, don't venture into the Perimeter trail.

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gio delrio
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Amazing views and steady elevation increase!

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Carlos Alvarez
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Hard to describe these magnificent trees to someone that hasn’t seen them in person. Hike was easy although be aware currently there is no shuttle service and the closer parking lot is closed so add two miles to this hike as you’ll start from the lower parking lot. Many chances to cut the hike shorter in the grove if you need it. Great option for an easier day if you need a break from the harder trails.

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Samantha Jones
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If you plan to do this hike before Nov. 1, understand that it is approximately a 10 mile hike roundtrip from the parking lot (no shuttle service). There was plenty of parking at the lower lot and very few people hiking closer to the summit (wawona point). I loved this hike! So many giant sequoias on the hike. Be careful when hiking the less maintained marked side trails, they are overgrown and you could get a bit lost.

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Marcus L
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This hike takes you along Yosemite's perimeter with the Sierra National forest. There are more giant sequoias in the grove than are individually labeled on the map, and many are along the service road to Wawona point. Bicycling to the trailhead from the Mariposa visitors center will get you to the grove much faster. There is no water at the trailhead.

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Joy Hatfield
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We arrived at 7:05 am today (Saturday), and was able to drive directly up to the upper parking lot at the Mariposa Grove trailhead so we did not have to park in the lower lot and hike in (no shuttle service running at this time). We were able to get up to the lot and have plenty of parking. The lot only had three cars in it when we were done or hike at 10:45, so I’m not sure what time they shut down the road to the upper lot.

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Jacqlene S
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We arrived at 9am on a Friday. The upper parking lot was completely closed to all cars except those with handicap permits. Plenty of parking available in the lower lot. NOTE: you do NOT have to walk 2 miles on a paved road if you park in the lower lot. At the end of the lot (away from the welcome center), there is an entrance to a lovely 2 mile trail that will bring you to Mariposa Grove. All the trails are very well marked. We ended up taking a few detours based on the signage. I highly recommend doing at least some of the Perimeter trail - we were alone on that trail the entire time, it was like having the Grove to ourselves. Not crowded at all, definitely recommend going on a weekday if you can. Ended up clocking 10 miles with all the detours plus the 2 mile connecting trail. Amazing hike.

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