Sick of all the waterfalls? Looking for something a bit…well, different? Well then, it might just be time to visit The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias! Yes, it may seem odd that a bunch of trees would be such a big tourist attraction, but we have to stress the “big” part of that statement. Without a doubt, this is the biggest grove of Sequoias in the region, as it is home to hundreds of these ancient giants. But, what truly makes this a place to visit is the 2,700 year old Grizzly Giant sequoia, a true beast of a tree that is an absolute spectacle to behold. Factor in Wawona Point—which offers the best views of Wawona Valley in Yosemite—and visiting this sightseeing destination becomes a slam dunk indeed.
At the trailhead, you will be up around 5,600 square feet; but, as you progress up the trail, you can climb as much as 1,200 feet, depending on where you go.
If you use the lower loop, the difficulty is nearly negligible; but, if you take both loops, then the difficulty becomes a 5 out of 10 that you should prepare for before starting. The reason for this is the length of the combined loops, which dwarfs the length of just the lower loop. Furthermore, the steepness of the upper loop adds a bit of trickiness to the hike overall. In the end, however, it’s hard to say that this is extremely difficult, and most should be able to complete it, particularly if you stick to the lower loop.
Hike Length and Time
If you stick to the lower loop, it is only a 2.2 miles round trip; however, once you add the upper loop into the equation, it becomes a 5-6 mile round trip hike that is much more difficult and can take up to 6 hours to complete. Keep this in mind if you have kids along with you on your trip.