Hike Date: July 26, 2014
Distance: ~3 miles
Trail(s): Mariposa Grove Trail
Where’s it at? Mariposa Grove Road in Yosemite


The Mariposa Grove in Yosemite is a great treat for lovers of forest, trees and especially gigantic, old ones. I’d been here many years ago and remember it being a LOT less crowded and easier to get to. I remember being able to walk right up to the trees and touch them, hug them, whatever you wanted. I’m happy to have had that experience but at the same time proud that the caretakers of the park have further protected these magnificent trees by building fences keeping visitors a wide girth away from their trunks. There is at least one tree with a tunnel through it that is still living and affords you the opportunity to get touchy-feely with it.

On this same visit we also paid the Tuolumne Grove a visit and were able to make a comparison between the two. Mariposa definitely yields more trees and bigger, older trees, including the Grizzly Giant, however it is also very crowded and hard to get a parking spot at. It was difficult to even take a picture without other visitors in the frame.

The Giant Sequoias are majestic trees worth a visit by anyone visiting Yosemite or even California. It will provide a lifelong memory of how big and old living trees can get and it certainly humbles one in the grand scheme of life. Be sure to check the latest rules and regulations and even possible closures to the area before visiting.

Photos from Hiking Mariposa Grove Sequoias (click to enlarge)

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