Muir Grove Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from May until November.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
570 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

14 days ago

Trailhead at the end of Dorst Creek campground

hiking
1 month ago

Hello all,
We did this hike in order to take photos of the grove so I'll include some information regarding that at the end.

One-Way distance 2.5/2.6 miles according to two different models of trackers. The sign at the trailhead calls the distance 2.3. The larger path from the trailhead leads to the campground, hang a quick left along the stream to start along the trail.

We feel this is a moderate/easy hike. There is plenty of shade in the morning but mid-day hikers will probably want sunscreen/hats. There are some switchbacks/grades to negotiate but nothing difficult. But the distance, the area where the trail traverses a bit of the granite dome and grades would probably be a bit much for young kids.

There are two small streams so if you have a water filtering system you can refill if needed.
PHOTOGRAPHERS: The light was very nice in the grove itself an hour or two after dawn. The grove and surrounding giants have loads of possibilities. There is very nice view of the valley from atop a granite dome you pass on the trail. There are areas of ferns which will be shaded on your way out but by the time you are coming back there will be very nice dappled light in the draws.

CAUTION: In the grove itself there are a amazing circular grouping of trees. In the base of the one of the closest one is a hive of bees. If you have kids you might want to keep an eye on them before they race into the middle of the sequoias or up to any of the trunks. We did run across some bear scat on the trail so making some noise going around the blind corners/brushy areas is probably good.

1 month ago

Agree with previous previous reviewer. Easy to moderate. Beautiful grove at the end.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice trail that I’d rate between easy to moderate. Saw a young buck during the hike and that was special. Well-marked path that ends in a natural, non-touristy grove of giant Sequoias. Views from the granite dome at the mid-point were beautiful. Although the trail ends with an ascent, this uphill climb wasn’t difficult at all. 8/19/2018.

hiking
3 months ago

went this week and enjoyed these amazing large trees. if you walk out onto the granite face with all the stones you can see the rounded tops towering across the small valley of the Muir Grove.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike, trail well marked, love the ferns with the sunlight shining through.

9 months ago

A sequoia grove Muir would be proud of. Special place.

hiking
11 months ago

We went for sunrise, we met one other person on our way back, saw a female whitetail on our way out, other than that we had it to our selfs.
I would really recommend this grove to the populated paved area around the general.
You should be aware that the campground closes in fall. You can park on the other side of the entrance to the campgrounds, just be aware that it adds 1 mile out and 1 mile back to the trail.

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

It was a little bit longer of a hike for our kids then usual but pretty incredible! I think the reason we loved it so much was this was the first time into the park that we saw sequoia trees up close. We did this trail before all the "main attractions". It literally dumps you into a grove of amazing sequoia trees. The ranger told us that one of them in the grove is one of the largest in the park. There really isn't too much in the way of vistas on this trail but it was an incredible experience.

hiking
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

One of the finest hikes I've been on. Ran into a total of 6 people the whole time.
The first tree is breathtaking and it only gets better from there.
Some strange, loud, knocking sounds from the west kind of creeped us out, since we couldn't figure out what it was and it was getting late, so we left.
My favorite grove!. It feels very ancient!

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Easy hike from our campsite to a beautiful grove of sequoias we had pretty much to ourselves. A must do if staying at Dorst Creek, better than the Giant Forrest.

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Nice trail from the second to last campground which is a group camping loop. I hiked from our campsite which was the last Loop. I think that parking is at the amphitheater at the end of the road. Nice trail with ups and downs along the way. Had the grove to myself at 6:30am and saw a deer on the way back which was a bonus.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Very few people on the trail in July. You get to spend quality time with the trees without all the people. Best trail in the park for families as far as I'm concerned!

Friday, August 04, 2017

The most amazing place i have seen! It was a hike well worth it, you are surrounded by these tall, gorgeous, unreal sequoia forest, we hung out there for about an hour and were the only one's there. The best way to experience sequoias without the crowd!!!

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Surprisingly scenic trail, crossing streams and fern-covered meadows on the way to a grove of magnificent Sequoias.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

A nice little out-and-back that leads from Dorst Creek Campground to a small circle of mature sequoia trees that are actually part of a much larger grove. The trail meanders easily through mixed conifer forest, crossing a couple of creeks and nearly cresting a granite dome. Wildflowers are pretty abundant along the trail. This is a really good way to get up close with some majestic trees while avoiding the normal crowds.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Relatively easy hike located off the Dorst Creek campground. We parked at the amphitheater area and hiked down to the trailhead. There is a clearly marked intersection that takes you to the left, but on your return take the other way down to the river and take a nice cool dip. The hike itself is pretty much all uphill, so start early. Ample shade in most areas. A few river crossings and some rock outcroppings that provide magnificent views. All in all, a easy fun hike that provides some great vista views and an opportunity to see some huge sequoia trees with few other visitors.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Really nice forest hike. Not too busy. Giant trees, creeks to cross and it finishes in a giant sequioa patch. Can't complain!

Friday, June 23, 2017

This trail has it all!! gotta walk through Dorst Campground to get to the trailhead. you can get a trail map at lodgepost info center.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Campground was closed so I parked across the street and walked in. It added 1 mile of paved road which sucked but once the trail started it was really nice. Light inclines and declines with small creek crossings. Giant trees all around and the end of the trail you will be surrounded by a circle of giant sequoias. Just wonderful. Ran into deers and a bear. Left both alone and they left me alone.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

No direct access through the campground but we parked across the street and trekked through the empty campground. We had the trail to ourselves which was amazing but keep going and find yourself surrounded by the giant sequoias. Very much worth the hike!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Travel deep into the forest with this trail. Very shady and cool trail. Encounter wildlife is highly probable. Trail is highly enjoyable with incline here and there, but also lengthy.

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

This trail is like suddenly stumbling into Narnia. We went during the week in early May and only came across one couple. The grove itself is simply awe inspiring... There are no words or pictures to do it justice.

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Great little out and back trail. So much to see. Views were amazing, and the massive trees never get old!!! Take plenty of water!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Amazing views!

Monday, August 01, 2016

awesome trail.. make sure you make it to the end..

hiking
Thursday, March 03, 2016

Great trail to a secluded grove of Sequoias. Hands down the best way to experience these trees. The hike is easy, and the reward is worth it. You are almost always alone with the trees when you reach the grove. Great photo spot as well.

hiking
Sunday, September 27, 2015

Looking at sequoias from the middle of the grove is like standing in the middle of a living stonehenge.

I trek with a 2.5 year toddler, tips:

This is a doable trek, as long as your toddler is used to walking and likes to play and run.
* Ensure you have a portable potty or diapers...or you have trained your toddler ins the art of trail potty.
* Keep enough water and toddler friendly food supply
* Be ready to spend 5-6 hrs on a slow pace.
* You might have to carry your toddler in a few rocky places.

hiking
Sunday, May 24, 2015

This hike was so breathe taking we were the only ones up there. This was during winter though so less people. The fog rolled in and made everything so majestic. Totally recommend this hike.

walking
Sunday, March 31, 2013

Really nice walk to a serene spot.

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