Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Project
The Mariposa Grove restoration project will restore the grove's dynamic ecology and increase its resilience. As a result of this project, the Mariposa Grove is currently closed and is expected to reopen in early summer 2017.
Once the project is completed, visitors to the Mariposa Grove will notice:
The Mariposa Grove is closed, with no vehicle or shuttle access available, from July 6, 2015 until approximately early summer 2017. South Entrance and the Wawona Road will remain open. We will attempt to provide additional access as work and weather permit. This page will be updated if access changes.
Foot and equestrian access is allowed along the Outer Loop Trail (see map), from which a relatively small number of sequoias are visible. (Find other places where you can see more giant sequoias.) Hikers and equestrians must remain on the trail, which travels through a closed area; the grove beyond the trail is closed and all other trails within the grove are closed. Hiking to the Outer Loop Trail involves a strenuous, 12-mile round-trip hike with 2,400 feet of elevation change (this doesn't include hiking the Outer Loop Trail). Allow eight to 10 hours for the hike. Drinking water and restrooms are not available. The trail begins in Wawona behind the last uphill building (Moore Cottage) of the Big Trees Lodge (formerly Wawona Hotel). Look for the trailhead 50 yards uphill marked by the sign "Two Hour Trail Ride."
The Big Trees Tram Tour permanently ended in 2014. The Wawona-Mariposa Grove shuttle is not operating, but is planned to be replaced with a shuttle from South Entrance to the Mariposa Grove when the grove reopens.
2014: Construct new accessible trail to the Grizzly Giant and repair of structures at Wawona Point. There were no closures in 2014.
2015: Removal of roads in the Mariposa Grove, construction of the replacement service road bypassing the lower grove, and construction of a new shuttle stop in the lower grove.
2016-2017: Construction of the South Entrance parking area and new restroom in the lower 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 1.5 hours from South Entrance. Parking is limited.
Located on the Big Oak Flat Road east of Big Oak Flat Entrance, 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 1.5 hours from South Entrance. Parking is extremely limited.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Calaveras Big Trees State Park has perhaps twice as many giant sequoias as all of Yosemite National Park.
The Grant Grove area was originally General Grant National Park, created in 1890 to protect giant sequoias from logging and contains the General Grant Tree, the third largest tree in the world.
The Giant Forest is home to many of the world's biggest trees, including General Sherman, the largest. Forty miles of trails, including the paved Big Trees Trail with wheelchair accessibility, invite visitors to immerse themselves in the majesty of the ancient grove.