The trees in this grove are more than 3,000 years old, more than 50 feet around, and reach up over 300 feet seemingly to ... More
The trees in this grove are more than 3,000 years old, more than 50 feet around, and reach up over 300 feet seemingly to touch the sky. You can drive to the lower edge of the grove, but parking is strictly limited and you may wait in line for quite a while; better to take the free shuttle from the Wawona General Store, which departs every 15 minutes from 9a to 4:30p. Note: Trailers and motor homes are not permitted on the Mariposa Grove Road.
I loved all the beautiful scenery and how well planed out it is. All you need is a good GPS or the Map they give on admission to the park and your in good no getting lost on the roads of this park. There is something for everyone here.
This was my second vist to this beautiful part of Yosmite, the first was in July of 1978. The weather was clear and warm and the air clean! We had so much fun hiking the whole trail. I highly recommend taking several hours on the hike to stop and enjoy each of the beautiful trees and viewpoints along the trail. There wasn't any cost for us being a senior pass holder.
My husband and I are in our 50's, and are not hikers but we completed the 2 mile (4 miles roundtrip) hike to the Fallen Tree and are so glad we did. The higher you go, the more beautiful the trees. There is something wonderfully spiritual about being amongst the giant Sequoias. On the way back, we sat on the steps of the museum (which was closed), ate our lunch and just enjoyed the view of the most incredible trees I've ever seen. This was truly an experience I'll never forget and I encourage others to experience if at all possible. Just a wonderful, wonderful place. Can't say enough about it.
I loved everything about the groves. I especially liked how easy it ws to walk to the lower grove which took about an hour round trip. You see enormous tree including Big Grizzly the largest diameter of any tree west of the missisippi. Only con the heat it was 95 degrees
First off, the trees are oh-my-gosh magnificent! The highlight for me was hiking to the very top, (6810 feet elevation) and experiancing that view. It's a total of about 6 miles but well worth it. Take water with you and go to the bathroom before you leave. Plan on about 3 hours for the hike itself.
Mariposa Grove is sooo serene and beautiful!!! Walking up the trails made me think of owning property up in the mountains...they trails are sooo long and great for excersise or just relaxing!!!
I hope there BIG BEAUTYS keep growing for thousands and thousands of more years....
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE dont step over the trail lines...traffic too close the the hugh sequoiah tree roots will cause there life the SHORTEN or even DEATH!
PLEASE perserve the beauty!
First of all I suggest that you hike this because the tram ride does not stop at any tree for very long at all.
My favorite trees:
Grizzly Giant (of course) because of thickness of not just the trunk but the arms too.
Telescope Tree: hollow and still loving? Wow!
Other top picks:
The tunnel trees (one fallen, one not)
The Clothespin Tree
Personally I walked around and saw them all but those fractions of a mile between each add up so make sure you at least see the coolest trees before you tire out.
I am really surprised at the one star review I just read it and I want to say that I am from Spain and I've been to California 3 times in my life, the last one less than a month ago and every time I go I visit Yosemite so that means that I've been to Mariposa Grove 3 times with this last one and I think it's awsome. It is really incredible to look at some of the oldest living things in the planet without thinking how many people before us have seen them how many more after us will still see them... I think it's just amazing and worth it. You don't pay $20 just to visit the giant trees, with that money as somebody else said you have acces to the park and you can stay there a few days so...
And about the air, what was wrong with it? it's clean air in the forest, no polution, what else can we ask for?
My advice is don't miss it because you'll miss something beauuuuuuuuuuuutiful!!!
I have visited this grove twice, one in the fall and once in the spring, my memories of this place are magical. When standing under these silent giants you gte the feeling of safety and security but also of serenity. This is a very peaceful place, I rank it second only to the Avenue of the Giants (another must visit.)
A quick note: Giant Sequoia's grow to an average hieght of between 150' - 280' with a few record trees topping 300' they have an average diameter of between 15' - 23' However, there are no 1800' Sequoia trees.
But many of the trees in the Mariposa Gorve are over 1800 years old, some are even over 2000 years old, that means they sprouted around the time Christ walked the Earth. A humbling thought to say the least.
Don't miss this special place!
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