Mariposa Grove

Yosemite, California 95389

Mariposa Grove

Mariposa Grove Professional Review and Guide

"Incomparable, indescribable, unbelievable, the giant sequoias must be experienced firsthand. Visit the Valley only and you have seen but half the wonders of Yosemite."

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"The Upper and Lower Mariposa Groves are the two largest stands of sequoias in Yosemite. An equally important reason for a visit is to read and think about the historical importance of this grove. It is one of the reasons the national park was created and was home to Yosemite’s first guardian, Galen Clark. The Mariposa Grove is snow covered in winter and only accessible by snowshoes or skis."

"Near the southwest end of the parking lot is an information kiosk where visitors can get introduced to the Mariposa Grove while waiting to take the tram. The tram ride gives you an instructive, guided tour of the grove’s salient features and, at its stops, you can step off, explore the immediate area, and then get on the next tram. However, by hiking you get a more intimate experience with the giant sequoia, or Wawona, as the Indians called them."

"The giant sequoias are the largest living things on earth and are among the oldest, living up to 3,000 years. The bristlecone pines in the White Mountains to the east are older, and the coast redwoods are taller, but these are certainly the most massive and arguably the most awe inspiring. The Mariposa Grove, the largest of three in Yosemite, is divided into upper and lower groves. A veritable maze of trails, all well marked, runs through both, so you can easily design your own hike to be longer or shorter than the one described here. This hike takes you past all the highlights of both groves with a minimum amount of backtracking. Trails are marked by a series of interpretive panels with fascinating bits of information about the trees and their habitat."

"The giant sequoias are the largest living organisms on earth, and at up to 3,000 years old, they also are among the oldest. The bristlecone pines in the White Mountains to the east are older, and the coast redwoods are taller, but these are certainly the most massive and arguably the most awe-inspiring of the big trees. Yosemite has three groves of these trees. Mariposa Grove is the most popular, and the Grizzly Giant — your objective — is the largest tree in any of them.

Mariposa Grove is the most popular, and the Grizzly Giant—your objective—is the largest tree in any of them. Distance: 1.6 miles out and Sequoias Guide and Map by Jon back (with optional loops) Kinney, available at the trailhead."

Mariposa Grove Reviews

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6/30/2011
Fun trail for the whole family. Was expecting very easy terrain and found a nice uphill hike through some amazing trees. About 5 miles taking the direct trail to the Telescope Tree and coming down via the Outer Loop. Many different trails you can take.
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7/17/2009
The Mariposa Grove is easily accessible from the road, and there's even a tram that does the circuit (on a road that is separate from the trail). But the lower grove is very easy and accessible to all--and the spectacular trees are awe-inspiring! The upper grove is an easy-moderate climb through beautiful forest to more impressive trees. We were treated to multiple deer along with the trees. The only challenge is that during peak season one takes a shuttle from an outlying parking lot , and the last one returns fairly early (6:00?). It wouldn't be a bad walk, if you don't mind hot asphalt..
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Trail Information

Yosemite
Nearby City
5.8
Distance
1,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3-4 hours
Duration
May–October
Season
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min. Mariposa Grove
Local Maps