Merced Grove Trail

Yosemite National Park, California 95389

Elevation Gain689ft
Trailhead Elevation5,863ft
Elevation Min/Max5346/5863ft
Elevation Start/End5863/5863ft

Merced Grove Trail

Merced Grove Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Mariposa County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 5,863 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 689 feet. The Merced Grove attraction can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Old Yosemite Coulterville Road.

Merced Grove Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The smallest of Yosemite’s three giant sequoia groves, the Merced Grove is also the quietest. Even midsummer you will see only a few people as you descend an old road to two clusters of large trees, including six giants in a near-perfect line."

"Experience deep peace and associate with the world’s largest things with a snowshoe trip down into Yosemite National Park’s smallest of three sequoia groves. Among the rarest trees in America, these giant sequoias will most likely give you the same emotions and feelings as being among their close relatives, the mammoth redwoods of the Northern California coast. Check ahead to ensure there’s enough snow at this elevation and join cross-country skiers on a quiet and isolated snowshoe trip to a few clusters of stately sequoias called Merced Grove. Afterward, consider snowshoeing to nearby Tuolumne Grove (Route 17) to admire about 25 more sequoias and to extend your snowshoe endeavor to about 6 miles round trip. By far the most remote of the three groves, Merced Grove is a prime resource study area for learning more about sequoias."

"Yosemite has three giant sequoia groves. Merced Grove is the smallest and least visited. It is a dense, natural forest uninterrupted by development. About twenty giant sequoias are scattered through this area. This is not a populated trail, so you will have an opportunity to enjoy a quiet and secluded tour of these magnificent trees. A stream runs through the forest in the canyon."

Merced Grove Trail Reviews

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Easy hike esp with kids, less crowded on weekdays. Since Mariposa Grove is closed for the season due to restoration and I need to show my children Grove of Giant Sequoias. The snow still melting so par of the trails are wet. The trail is a nice quiet walk among the trees.
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A nice hike to see some of the most amazing trees. It's a small grove of some 30ish trees at the end of a mile and a half trail that starts as a dirt road and turns into a descending trail. A bit of a uphill hike back to the parking area, but not too bad. We got there at 0800, and had the entire grove to ourselves for about a 1/2 hr.

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Trail Information

Yosemite National Park
Nearby City
Yosemite National Park
Skill Level
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS El Portal
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Aug 2018