Yosemite National Park is home to three groves of sequoias, they are impressive ancient giant sequoias you got to see them to believe how massive they are. The most easily accessible of these (spring through fall) is the Mariposa Grove near the park's South Entrance, off of the Wawona Road (Highway 41). Two smaller—and less visited—groves are the Tuolumne and Merced Groves near Crane Flat.
Mariposa Grove: Located near the South Entrance of Yosemite, Mariposa Grove is the largest grove of sequoias in the park and is home to over 500 mature giant sequoias. During much of the year a free shuttle is required for use between the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza and the Mariposa Grove. There is a variety of trails from easy to strenuous within the grove, as well as some accessible trails. Restrooms are located at the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza and areas within the grove. Drinking water is available only at the welcome plaza (year-round) and arrival area (summer only) so plan accordingly. The drive takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from Yosemite Valley.
Tuolumne Grove: Located on the Tioga Road just east of Crane Flat, the Tuolumne Grove has about two dozen mature giant sequoias. Sequoias are only visible after a one-mile hike with 500 feet of elevation loss. (The one-mile hike back to the parking lot gains 500 feet and is strenuous.) Water is not available; bring drinking water for everyone in your group who will be hiking this trail. The drive takes about 45 minutes from Yosemite Valley. Parking is limited.
Merced Grove: Located on the Big Oak Flat Road east of Big Oak Flat Entrance and approximately 6 miles west of Crane Flat, the Merced Grove has about two dozen mature giant sequoias. Sequoias are only visible after a 1.5-mile hike with 500 feet of elevation loss. (The 1.5-mile hike back to the parking lot gains 500 feet and is strenuous.) Water is not available; bring drinking water for everyone in your group who will be hiking this trail. The drive takes about 45 minutes from Yosemite Valley. Parking is extremely limited.st living organisms in the world.
The Grizzly Giant Sequoia Loop: This 1 to 2-hour round trip loop, is a 2.2-mile (3.5 km) hike from the parking lot within Mariposa grove. After 50 minutes hiking, you will be rewarded by the discovery of the famous California Tunnel tree and the majestic 2,700-year-old Grizzly Giant tree. The elevation is about 5,622 feet (1,708 meters) and the difficulty has been rated by our tour guides as 3 out of 10, which makes it accessible to most visitors who can walk or hike. This popular hike is moderate and takes about one to two hours but climbs up steadily at the end. Please wear hiking shoes and bring a bottle of water per person. For customers who are subject to elevation and motions sickness, ensure you ask your doctor to provide you with the required medication.
Highlights -Stunning giant sequoias including the Fallen Monarch; a massive fallen sequoia. The Bachelor and Three Graces are amazing redwoods that have been standing in the middle of nowhere for hundreds and thousands of years. The Grizzly Giant, a 2,700-year-old and massive Sequoia which is the highlight of this hike. The tree is more than 30 feet (9 meters) in diameter at the base, as large as a house standing atop of the hill and has survived fire, wind and snowstorms.
Next, you will marvel at the amazing California Tunnel Tree, the only living sequoia in Yosemite with a man-made tunnel where visitors can walk through it, puzzled and astonished how this old sequoia is still standing despite the large hole that has been gouged through this ancient tree. The tunnel was carved back in 1895 after the gold rush to allow stagecoaches to drive through the tree to promote tourism and generate income for the unlucky gold miners. John Muir called the sequoias ‘the Queen of all conifers on Earth.’ The adventure to Yosemite will continue with other sights and attractions inside and outside the Yosemite national park. Your tour guide will select a new route on the way back to your hotel. The trip to San Francisco usually takes about 4 hours, so you may get back to the city by around 7 pm depending on traffic conditions.