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Yosemite National Park: Mariposa Grove Loop

Check out some of the oldest trees in the world–1,000 year-old sequoias–on this 4-mile loop through southern Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove.

Rating

Reaching more than 360 feet in height and 25 feet in diameter, California redwoods are signature features of Yosemite National Park. This loop through Mariposa Grove, the largest of the park’s three sequoia forests, tours hundreds of these old-growth trees, including two of the twenty-five oldest in the world.

From the visitor center on Mariposa Grove Road, follow the unnamed loop past Fallen Monarch, Bachelor and Three Graces, Grizzly Giant, and California Tunnel Tree. Climb toward the Mariposa Grove Museum, passing two adjoined trees, Faithful Couple, and Clothespin Tree. Sections of the grove and the trails may be closed for controlled burning, which allows for redwoods to reproduce.

Parking fills up quickly at Mariposa Grove; head out before 10 a.m. to avoid crowds. Otherwise, park at Wawona Store near the south entrance and take the free shuttle to the grove.

-Mapped by Dave Miller

PLAN IT

GUIDEBOOK AND MAP: The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park, 6th Edition ($12.95, yosemitegifts.com). Plan other trips in the park using BACKPACKER’s Yosemite National Park page.

CONDITIONS: For current conditions and updates, go to nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

PERMIT: The park requires a permit to hike the cables on Half Dome. A maximum of 400 permits will be issued each of these days (300 of these permits are available to dayhikers). For details, go to nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hdpermits.htm.

Overnight camping in Yosemite National Park requires a backcountry permit. Check out the latest fees and more details at nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/permits.htm.
MORE PARK INFO: Yosemite National Park, (209) 372-020; nps.gov/yose

GPS DATA: Download tracks and waypoints, print or order custom topos, from the menu on the left.

OTHER RESOURCES

GAS
Lee Vining: Chevron
51557 Highway 395
Lee Vining, CA 93541
(760) 647-6330

Groveland: Claim Jumper Outpost
17586 Highway 120
Groveland-Big Oak Flat, CA 95305
(209) 962-7153

GEAR
Mammoth Mountaineering Supply
3189 Main St.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(888) 395-3951

GROCERIES
Mammoth Lakes: Vons
481 Old Mammoth Rd.
Mammoth Lakes, CA
(760) 934-4536

RESTAURANTS
Mammoth Lakes: Angel’s Restaurant
20 Sierra Blvd.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-7427

Curry Village: Degnan’s Deli
9015 Village Dr.
Curry Village, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
(290) 372-8454

Lee Vining: Nicely’s Restaurant
Highway 395 and 4th St.
Lee Vining, CA 93541
(760) 647-6477 

Groveland: Cafe Charlotte
18736 Main St.
Groveland, CA 95321
(209) 962-6455

To Trailhead

From Fish Camp: Take CA-41 Northeast. At 2.3 miles, reach the Ranger Station South Entrance and turn right onto Mariposa Grove Road. Follow the road east. Parking for Mariposa Grove is on the left side of the road.

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