Place

Merced Grove

Vibrant green trees are behind a brown and white sign that reads,

Quick Facts

Recycling, Restroom, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead, Trash/Litter Receptacles

Visit Yosemite's quietest stand of giant sequoias at the Merced Grove.


The Merced Grove is home to approximately 20 mature giant sequoias, accessible only on foot. This trail follows an old road that curves down into the Merced Grove, the smallest and most secluded of Yosemite's three sequoia groves. The trail drops down 1.5 miles, making this a moderate hike on the uphill portion. An old ranger patrol cabin, the former summer retreat of park superintendents, is part of the grove's history. Look for dogwoods blooming here in the spring.

Winter in Merced Grove
Ski or snowshoe touring in Yosemite can be a magnificent experience! The Merced Grove has a trail rating of 'Most Difficult.' The first half mile is level and easy, providing a good warm-up for the steep 1 mile (1.6 km) descent into the grove. This trail requires heavy snowfall from a cold, lower-elevation storm to be skiable. Trails are not groomed in the Crane Flat area. Icy or
crusty conditions, or deep snow can make trails much more difficult.

3 miles (4.8 km) round trip;
520-foot (158 m) elevation gain on return.
1-3 hours.

Hours:
Year-round
In the winter, The trail leading into Merced Grove is open to hikers, snowshoers, and skiers.

Getting Here:
Located 3.5 miles north of Crane Flat and 4.5 miles south of Big Oak Flat Entrance, along the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 from the west). The trail is marked by a sign and a post labeled B-10.

Rules & Regulations:
Pets or bicycles are not allowed on this trail.

Hazards & Warnings:
There is no drinking water at the parking area or down in the grove. Be sure to bring drinking water with you.

Accessibility:
This trail is not accessible.