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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
The Mariposa Grove, near Yosemite’s South Entrance, contains about 500 mature giant sequoias, perhaps the largest living things on Earth, and the oldest giant sequoias may exceed 3,000 years in age.
To get there: The two-mile Mariposa Grove Road is open from approximately April through November. When open, you can drive to the grove from Yosemite’s South Entrance (off of Highway 41). During summer, however, the small parking lot fills frequently, resulting in periodic road closures. So, it’s best to take the free Wawona-Mariposa Grove shuttle, which starts at the General Store in Wawona.
When the road is closed during winter, you can still walk, snowshoe, or ski up the road from South Entrance (two miles with about 500 feet of elevation gain).
What to do: Once in the Mariposa Grove, you can hike to see more sequoias than those visible from the parking lot. Most people hike the 0.8 miles from the parking lot to the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree (about 500 feet of elevation gain).
A one-hour tram tour is also available from approximately May to October. This tour is available in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, and audio description (for the blind).
Accessibility: People with mobility impairments may drive their own vehicles on the tram road through the grove behind tram tours for free (coordinate with the tour kiosk). People driving behind the tram can pay for the tour in order to listen to the audio tour.
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (moderate)
Grizzly Giant: 1.6 miles (2.5 km) round-trip; 1 hour
Wawona Point: 6 miles (9.6 km) round-trip; 3 hours
Outer Loop Trail: 6.9 miles (11 km) loop; 4 to 5 hours
Various trails criss-cross the Mariposa Grove.
To reach the Grizzly Giant or Wawona Point, follow the trail that begins at the far end of the parking area. Hike beyond the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree toward the Galen Clark Tree to reach the Upper Grove and Wawona Point. The Outer Loop Trail begins on the uphill side of the parking area.
As one of the few places on Earth where you can hug a massive redwood, the Grove is well worth the trip. If you have young children, hike the one-mile trail up to the Grizzly Giant and the Tunnel tree. The trail is steep in places but the Grove is cool even on the hottest of days. There are magnificent stands of Sequoia trees all along the way and if you look carefully you may just see lizards, ground squirrels, skunks and deer.
With bigger kids, you might want to push on to the Upper Grove, the view from Wawona Point and the museum.
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