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Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias

HomeMerced Grove of Giant Sequoias

This is the smallest grove of Sequoias you’ll find here in Yosemite; but, if you have a completionist attitude, and love to see giant sequoias, this is certainly a great place to visit. Plus, because of their impressive height, and a lack of crowds—giving you the best photo ops, if you want to take them—this is definitely a place we’d recommend visiting, but only after you are finished seeing the other groves. Also, look out for the big clusters of Western Azalea, which is, in our opinion, the most beautiful of Yosemite’s spectacular flowers.

Best Time to Visit

It’s always great to visit here once the flowers start blooming, and, of course, in the daytime. So, visit during spring; this is when you’ll get the best photo ops, and the best sights around. You also might want to avoid any time when there’s snow on the ground, as the trees are more impressive during any other part of the year.

Crowd Factor

Though they won’t be completely empty, this group of sequoias is as abandoned as it gets here in Yosemite. Definitely one of the main reasons to choose this grove over the others.


Because it is a 3 mile round trip trail, it can be a bit difficult for those who don’t like walking far. Even more importantly, however, it is a bit of a climb on the way back, and the tree debris that you’ll encounter everywhere does represent a bit of a challenge to navigate. Overall, it’s only a 4 out of 10, but you should still make sure you are wearing correct footwear.

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