Mariposa Grove

6.50 Miles
1000 Feet
Fish Camp
Coppertone at the recently remodeled and beautiful Mariposa Grove trailhead. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
One need not go too far down the trail before spotting Sequoia Giants dotting the grove. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
The Mariposa Grove boardwalk is well done and makes for easy access to part of the trail. The Fallen Monarch can be seen parallel to the boardwalk on the left. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Part of the remaining root structure of the Fallen Monarch. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
The Grizzly Giant dominates the scene along the loop trail that bears its name. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
A closer look at the Grizzly Giant. There are taller Sequoias, but this giant sports a branch that's wider than most tree trunks in North America. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
The remaining tunnel tree in the grove. Another fell some time ago and this one, though weakened, continues to attempt to cover up the wound inflicted upon it. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
The second half of our loop featured a less regimented trail. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Though not as numerous here, the Sequoias are more approachable in the second half of the loop. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Hikers pass right by a Sequoia on the Grizzly Giant Loop Trail. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Coppertone poses by the Sequoia crosscut artifact at the Mariposa Grove shuttle bus terminal. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Looking up to a Giant Sequoia. (Photo by coppertone)
Sequoia bark. (Photo by coppertone)
Walking on the boardwalk among the Sequoias. (Photo by coppertone)
Log Entries
Giant trees and large crowds
By Austin Explorer on 10/11/2018
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.67 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 38 minutes

Mariposa Grove is one of the most popular trails in the park.   Coppertone and I got there early enough to walk the paths in relative solitude, one of the benefits from staying in nearby Fish Camp.  But it was not too long before busload after busload of visitors arrived to fill up the paths.  A large group of schoolkids pierced the earlier quietness with shreeks and hollars.

The Sequoia grove has undergone an extensive transformation recently with car choked roads of cars replaced with boardwalk trails and lots of informational signage.  We never visited the area prior to the transformation, but we're convinced that things must have been improved dramatically.

We overheard the radio of park employee yesterday that reported a bear sighting at the grove, but we saw no sign of it today.

We kept our hike short here both due to threatening rain that never fell, but also due to tired legs from our hike to Vernal and Nevada Falls yesterday.  We did the Grizzly Giant Loop Trail which provided us views of several of the important named trees in the grove included the California Tunnel Tree and the imposing Grizzly Giant.

The start of the trail from the trailhead is a boardwalk path (almost certainly ADA compliant) studded with information signage.  Once the trail gets to the Fallen Monarch conditions get slightly more difficult with a bit of elevation gain, but nothing in this loop would be considered challenging.By the time the trail gets to some of the other named trees the path is well worn compacted dirt.

After the California Tunnel Tree the trail becomes far less regimented.  Up to that point the trail is boardwalk with railings or a well marked path with barriers on either side keeping people on the trail.  The rest of the loop is easy to follow, but the "guard rails" are all gone.  Thankfully people staid on the trail anyway, but the lack of barriers does mean you get a bit closer to the Sequoias than in earlier segments.

By coppertone on 10/11/2018
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.67 Miles Duration: N/A

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