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Muir Grove Trail

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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 camping and is best used from May until November.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 570 feet Route Type: Out & Back






wild flowers


no dogs

Trailhead at the end of Dorst Creek campground, which is closed during winter months. Dorst Creek Campground is scheduled to be open from June to September, depending on weather conditions and water availability. Enter at Generals Highway outside of Dorset Creek Campground, and you can walk through.

12 days ago

I cannot recommend this hike enough. we started the the campground at 8AM and did not see another person until we were headed back. this is a pretty easy trail ending at a Grove of Giant Sequioas. we had this entirely to ourselves. gives you time to really appreciate these amazing beasts without the insane crowds at Giant Forest. there are trees here that you can walk inside of and (at least) one tree that you can walk through. right at the begining of the Grove is a circle of Sequioas, a great place to rest with a snack. if you are not staying at Dorst Creek campground, it is 100% worth it to drive/take the shuttle up there. (there is open parking in the campground). do this trail before the secret gets out.

13 days ago

From Dorst camp. Bare mountain ridge mixed with old pine tree forest. Quiet. Follows Dorst Creek from above.

1 month ago

beautiful and secluded.

2 months ago

This is an amazing trail. It is not heavily traveled so you may be lucky enough to enjoy the grove on your own! Be ready for some bugs along the way but it wasn’t horrible.

2 months ago

We hiked this trail during a recent camping trip to the park. There are actually two possible trailheads, both starting from Dorst Creek Campground. The old trailhead departs from the southwest corner of the campground and provides a shorter route to the Muir Grove. However, it also requires a steep climb back up to your car at the very end of the hike. We started from the newer trailhead, located on the north side of the campground by the group campground parking lot B. This route is longer, as it circles around a low granite hill before intersecting the main trail at a junction with the old trail. Our total mileage was about 5.2 miles using this route. Starting from the new trailhead, avoid the temptation to cross the wooden bridge across a tributary of Dorst Creek just beyond the trailhead. The actual trail turns left just before the bridge and descends along the left bank of the tributary. Most of this route traverses through montane forest and is well-shaded. There is a nice view from an exposed granite dome about 1.4 miles from the trailhead. You can see the tops of the sequoias of the Muir Grove across the canyon from here, but it's about a mile of further walking until you reach them. The grove begins at a saddle on a ridge, but extends down the opposite slope. The trail continues downhill further into the grove, but it's somewhat faint and doesn't appear to see much use. This trail sees far fewer visitors than the more popular trails near Giant Forest and the General Sherman Tree. We managed to have the grove all to ourselves, at least for a few minutes. Go early in the morning for your best chances of solitude.

2 months ago

Party of five hiked on Saturday, June 22nd. Campground still closed - a huge plus for experiencing the Sierra Nevada as did John Muir. Packed in a lunch and dined within a Family Circle of Coastals. Plenty of bear indications and a few small cat tracks. But no sitings. Very blessed to experience this trek with just our group.

Easy hike with lots of shade. Stopped at a view point 1/4 of the way there. made it to the end, there is a beautiful grove of sequoias. There was some snow but nothing that would hinder the hike. Hiked on 6/15/19

3 months ago

Hiked on Sunday. We were the only ones on the trail. Campground was closed. Hiked from Generals Highway. Trailhead is a bit hard to find so be sure to check map at the pay station in the campground. Lovely hike with waterfalls and a view from a granite dome. The grove is awesome. Plan time to linger. There were fallen trees on the trail. We lost the trail a couple of times, several stream crossings, mud and snow. Be prepared. Waterproof boots are a must. We were caught in a downpour with hail - waterproof, quick-dry clothing is a must.

3 months ago

Hiked this trail today thru snow, that was 8 inches deep in a few places. We were able to navigate thanks to some tracks of others. saw quite a few bear tracks as well, but no bear and no other humans. In the snow and including the campground walk, it took us 5 hours. Amazing Sequoia grove and lots of solitude.

10 months ago

Campsite closed which added an extra 2 miles. Spooky walking around an empty camp ground. No one else on the hike - Redwoods at the end were amazing

11 months ago

Trailhead at the end of Dorst Creek campground

Thursday, September 06, 2018

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.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

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

Sunday, August 19, 2018

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.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

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.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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

Monday, October 30, 2017

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!!!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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

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!

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