Hiking Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoias
Deep inside the carved out granite slabs in Yosemite National Park grow some of the worlds largest trees, the Giant Sequoia. While they certainly aren’t as numerous as the park’s neighbor to the south, Sequoia National Park, these giant trees are icing on the cake to what many consider one of the best National Park’s in the country. Mariposa Grove is one of three individual groves in Yosemite where the soil, nutrients, and weather conditions come together to grow these behemoth trees.
In this grove reside over five hundred mature Sequoia trees. Although Native Americans have frequented this area long before any European settlers, the first documented history of non-natives visiting the area were Galen Clark and Milton Mann in 1857. Clark had a notable role in helping to push legislation that would help protect this grove and the area surrounding Yosemite Valley. From a historical perspective, this grove was partly responsible legislation that would eventually make Yosemite a National Park.
Mariposa Grove happens to be home to two trees that are on the world’s top twenty-five largest tree list: The Grizzly Giant and The Washington Tree. Within the area there are numerous hiking trails. From the short Big Trees Loop Trail which is 0.3 miles to the longer Mariposa Grove Trail which covers seven miles and travels through the entire grove, this area features trails for all levels of hikers. This grove also connects to multiple overnight trails for those interested in longer backpacking routes through the area. For the sake of this writing, the article will specifically focus on The Grizzly Giant Loop trail which is approximately two miles in length and goes past The Grizzly Giant.
Mariposa Grove Restoration Project
Over the years human visitation was beginning to takes its toll on the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias. In 2015 the area went through a significant restoration project that addressed factors that were having a negative impact on the health of the grove. These things included roads, trails, and buildings that were having an impact on the root system of the trees. During a near three year closure, the trails, structures, and overall area was improved to help provide visitors the ability to experience the Giant Sequoia in this grove for the future.
On A Personal Note:
Although this area is away from the main attractions of Yosemite Valley, consider making this a stopping point on your itinerary. This is an easy place to stop at along the southern entrance to the park. The Giant Sequoia trees are one of the most amazing species of trees in the entire world.
Do you have any updates to the hiking trail or want to share your hike/pictures? Please leave a comment below.
- Overall Difficulty: 30% 30%
- Overall Views: 90% 90%
Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoias Quick Facts :
- Elevation: 5,962 feet.
- Elevation Gain: Approx 394 feet.
- Estimated Distance: 3 miles.
- My Actual Distance: 2.1 miles.
- Estimated Time: 30 minutes – 4 hours.
- My Time: 1:00 hours.
**Trail distance, elevation gain, and time depend on the route taken.**
Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoia Trail Directions:
The parking lot has about three hundred spaces and does fill up quick, especially during the weekends and late spring and busy summer months. Mariposa Grove Road is closed during the winter months from the end of November to at least until March 15th when the snow clears. Check with the park service for road conditions. Despite road closures during the winter, trails are still open to hikers.
Mariposa Grove Shuttle Service
March 15 to May 14: Shuttle service operates 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with buses running about every ten minutes.
May 15 to October 14: Shuttles run 8 a.m to 8 p.m. running about every ten minutes.
October 15 to November 30: Shuttle service operates 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. running every ten minutes.
Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoia Pictures:
Who Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoia Is For:
Advanced Hikers: Hikers with more skill level would delight in some of the longer trails with more elevation gain that meander through the entire grove. Don’t let the shorter trails cause you to skip this area. Mariposa Grove is a beautiful part of Yosemite National Park that should eventually be on everyone’s to do list.
Expert Hikers: The longer trails or even the overnight ones that connect to longer trails in the park will be a delight to some hikers. Don’t let the short distance of some of these trails keep you from visiting this grove.
It’s always a good idea to be aware of what type of hiking level you’re at.
**Winter conditions can increase the difficulty of the hikes. If you have experience or want to try hiking in the snow, the trails will look beautiful with the tall trees covered in snow.**