Tuolumne River Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Tuolumne Grove of giant sequoias is not as heavily visited as the Mariposa Grove. And because it does not have a tram tour through it, you can enjoy the beauty and serenity of the forest away from the sounds of “civilization.” The route follows an old road now closed to vehicle traffic. It passes through a closed gate and descends in a beautiful old forest of white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, and incense cedar. This last, with its smooth red bark, is often confused with the giant sequoia, but the first of those will not appear for about 0.5 mile. In spring, exquisite white dogwoods bloom in openings in the forest."
--Suzanne Swedo, Best Easy Day Hikes: Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides).
"If you have time to visit only one of Yosemite’s giant sequoia groves, make it the Tuolumne Grove. Although smaller than the Mariposa Grove, this grove also boasts a tunnel tree, fallen trees with exquisite roots, several clusters of beautiful living trees, and excellent information placards. And it is a much quieter location with far fewer people and no trams—simply a pleasant walk through forest and past giant sugar pine cones to the grove. For families with young children, a particular attraction of this walk is that for most of the distance you are walking along a paved road along which you are permitted to push a stroller."
--Elizabeth Wenk, 50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
"The Tuolumne Grove, one of three giant sequoia groves in Yosemite, is not as heavily visited as the Mariposa Grove and does not have a tram tour through it, so you can enjoy the beauty and serenity of the forest away from the sounds of "civilization," especially if you make this easy out-and-back hike early in the morning. The Tuolumne Grove was saved from the 2013 Rim Fire that probably would have destroyed even these fire-resistant sequoias when firefighters set a backfire that stopped the hotter and more aggressive blaze in its tracks. Some of the more vulnerable species in the grove are a bit charred, but the Big Trees have survived the biggest fire in the history of the park."
--Suzanne Swedo, Hiking Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides).
"This hike follows a portion of the Old Big Oak Flat Road, closed to vehicles in 1993. The historic 6-mile road once connected the Big Oak Flat Entrance with Yosemite Valley. Now a hiking trail, the winding road descends through an intimate old forest of incense cedar, sugar pine, white fir and Douglas fir, reaching the Tuolumne Grove of giant sequoias at one mile. A nature trail begins at the picnic area, once used as a parking lot for viewing the trees. The half-mile trail with interpretive panels loops through the grove of twenty-five giant sequoias. Included is a walk through the Tunnel Tree (also called Dead Giant), a dead but standing tree trunk that was tunneled for horse-drawn wagons in 1878."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park (Day Hike Books).
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