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The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

Why We Love This

  • Distance: 2.2 miles (3.5 km) round trip for the lower grove; 5 - 6 miles (8 - 10 km) round trip for both the lower and upper groves.
  • Elevation at trailhead: 5,600 feet (1,700 meters; 28 Grizzly Giants).
  • Elevation Gain: as much as 1,200 feet (360 meters), depending on which parts of the upper grove you reach.

Experience Snapshot

Location

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park, California

Duration

3 hours

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What you'll do

Why Visit Mariposa Grove? It's by far the biggest sequoia grove in Yosemite, home to hundreds of the handsome beasts, but the 1,800-year-old Grizzly Giant sequoia is worth the trip all by itself. And Wawona Point offers the best views of Wawona Valley anywhere in the western United States. Best Time to Visit: Whenever you can get there. What are you doing tomorrow? Difficulty: Low for the lower loop; medium for both loops. The popular lower loop is short, but climbs steadily, although it's never particularly steep. Crowd Factor: jowl-to-jowl in the lower grove during the summer; medium in the upper grove; borderline light at Wawona Point and on the upper fringes of the Outer Loop Trail. Getting There: The trailhead is two miles (3.2 km) from Yosemite's south entrance, and the road is well marked (if you're entering Yosemite through the south gate, turn right immediately after passing the entrance gate). If the parking lot is full, the road will be closed and guarded by park personnel armed with orange vests, but they'll direct you to a lot where you can park and take a free shuttle bus the last two miles to the grove. You can also catch the shuttle from the shop around the corner from the Wawona Hotel.

What's Included

  • Nearest Bathrooms: at the trailhead (outhouse variety), and just below the Mariposa Grove Museum in the upper grove.
  • Nearest Snacks: There's a small gift shop at the trailhead, though it's being removed as part of the grove restoration project.
  • Parking: There's a large lot at the trailhead, but it frequently fills up. When it's full, traffic monitors will block the road off at the park's south entrance.

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