Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State95,823 contributions
We were happy to ride the shuttle to the Arrival Area. This much better than last year. And the water is turned on at the Arrival Area, so you can refill water bottles if needed.

The wheelchair accessible Big Trees Loop is not a loop. While much of the area has been fixed after the January 2020 windstorm, there is still a huge tree blocking the trail.

After viewing the Grizzly Giant & California Tunnel Tree, we continued up the Mariposa Grove Trail, enjoying the named and unnamed trees along the way. We went all the way to Wawona Point where we picnicked and watched local wildlife including a young Golden Eagle. Then we walked down to the Upper Grove for the Guardians Loop Trail. This is my favorite part of Mariposa Grove. I think it’s worth the effort, if folks feel they can hike that distance.

We headed down some unnamed trails past the Clothespin Tree and on to the Perimeter Trail & the end of the Grizzly Giant Loop.

Shuttles appeared to be running every 5 to 15 minutes. We had the 15 minute wait.
Written 17 June 2022
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John H
Parkville, MD53 contributions
Take your time and enjoy this place, which you surely will. It wasn't as crowded as I thought it might be- perhaps it helped that I was there two weekends before Memorial Day-, which helped me savor it even more. I took the trail all the way to Wawona Point (14 miles round trip, I believe), and I'm glad I did, as there were very few people once I got past the main attractions, which also are well worth the visit! I'm glad they made the improvements, even if it added four miles to the hike since there was no shuttle service from the main parking lot. The hike is moderate in difficulty, a bit more so if you go all the way to the Point, but still very doable, and the trails are easy to follow. The Sequoias themselves are fantastic, and Wawona Point was quite a bonus!
Written 17 June 2022
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Richard C
Phoenix, AZ15 contributions
What a wonderful day in Mariposa Grove. Being our first time in Yosemite we knew the Sequoias in Mariposa Grove would be the first site we wanted to see. The area was busy and parking was very packed. There is a shuttle service to the trailhead which is very necessary (without the shuttle you would have to take a very steep 2 mile hike just to get to the trailhead). There are various hikes you can take and obviously the shorter routes are much busier. Have an idea prior to your trip on what you want to see to better determine the route you want to take. Our family went further than a majority of the crowds and made our way to the Telescope Tree (very cool to actually go inside a Sequoia!). Our "custom" hike was just under 6 miles. Take breaks and plenty of water especially on a warm day!
Written 17 June 2022
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DaveyB1962
Swindon, UK211 contributions
The trails are Mariposa Grove are not to be missed. The Giant Sequoias are simply stunning. If you are observant you should looks of wildlife too!
The only thing that lets it down is that it falls within the (Yosemite) National Park and they have introduced a reservation system meaning you cannot enter the park between 06.00 and 16.00 unless you have a reservation, but when we looked it was fully booked days ahead so we had to get there at 05.30!
Written 13 June 2022
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Kim C
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A beautiful area with so much beauty. If you venture beyond the Grisly Giant you have the paths to yourself. So many majestic giants along the paths.
Written 11 June 2022
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BT3rd
Datchet, UK5,811 contributions
Couples
Today you have to park and be shuttled into the park. This meant very crowded buses. Once in there is a amble to see the Grisly Giant. We were lucky to also see a hummingbird feeding. From there is is a steep walk deeper into the forest. We went as far as the Faithful Couple.
Written 2 June 2022
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Oldrecruiter
Stafford, VA46 contributions
To get to see the trees, you must do a 5 mile hike if the shuttle busses are not running- it really is worth it, but I am not a hiker!
Take water and snacks- its nice to stop and rest once you have reached the grove!
Written 31 May 2022
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Adrian N
Polegate, UK339 contributions
Couples
This is Yosemite, not Disneyland. So it’s nature at its best. This is hundreds of years of history in the making, it was never designed for humans to have an easy time seeing it. Having said that it has certainly been assisted in modern times to let us visit it. To give a balanced review we took the trail up from the main car park. $35 to enter Yosemite, but that lasts for 7 days. The walk up does have some fallen trees on it, of which most you walk around. If not, sit on it and slide over. It’s a steep walk and takes over an hour. Yes, it’s 2 miles. At that point you reach the car park, or if you had the appropriate badge, that’s where you park. Toilets were open and operational. Fallen Monarch road with easy access at this point is closed as there was damage to it. However easy access road to the left all the way to Bachelor and Three sisters is open, though to be honest if you are pushing a wheelchair it isn’t going to be easy. From here we walked the trail to Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree. Total time at this point for a man of 60 years from entrance to Tunnel Tree took exactly one and a half hours. That was what I wanted to see so I can’t comment on anything else beyond. Return walk was down the road and was smoother but felt longer. No speeding traffic came past, just plenty of happy hikers with pleasant “Good mornings.” Total time to Tunnel Tree and back was 3 hours. Total distance 6.2 miles. Plenty of toilets available at various intervals, road or trail. If you are inspired by natures wonders well worth the effort. If you are looking for Disneyland and staff at every corner you are visiting the wrong location. Put simply, sorry to say but not everyone will be able to visit and enjoy it. For those that can, do. Another attraction nearby is the swinging bridge which is a lot easier to drive and walk to, which we did later, so consider that if you don’t want this strenuous hike.
Written 30 April 2022
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL16,275 contributions
The grove and trees itself are a 5 star, but the attraction only gets 3 due to mismanagement. First, despite no snow on the road you still have to hike two miles one way to reach the grove. Second, when you get there the trail to the trees was underconstruction and closed. Third, they do not communicate this very well to enable you to plan. If we had known this we probably would have allocated our time differently to another attraction.

What I did see of the grove was impressive and made me wish I had more time. The trail is not bad walking through a beautiful section of forest that still had snow at the highest points. It is just you want to see Sequoias and you don't see them until the end. There are other groves in Yosemite that you could visit if it were known that this was closed. I hope this helps you plan better.
Written 27 April 2022
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Amit
Israel27 contributions
Friends
The place is deserted. The access road is blocked. There is no alternative transportation. Instead of a planned two- to three-hour visit, we spent no less than 7 hours on a grueling and difficult walking route. The toilets are closed, there are no water fountains. There is no representative of the authority. Highly recommend a visit there and continue to Yosemite Park.
Written 7 April 2022
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