"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." Read more
"The Mariposa Grove is Yosemite’s largest grove of giant sequoias, or Wawona, as the American Indians called them, and this loop winds past all the grove’s highlights. In the past, hikers kept crossing paths with a road carrying ubiquitous green trams that ferried the majority of visitors around on guided tours.
The tours were discontinued in 2014, so all visitors now admire these majestic giants on foot, providing a quieter ambience to absorb the trees’ grandeur. This loop follows a trail that is in part the route of the old tram road (the pavement has been removed for more pleasant walking) and elsewhere the Perimeter Trail." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more