Mariposa Grove Photos – Worth The Effort

As hard as this is to believe, just like with Hetch Hetchy, I only recently visited this group of sequoia trees…even after 20 years of visiting Yosemite! Although admittedly, the weather and lighting could have been better…here are some Mariposa Grove photos for the time being.

Bachelor and three graces Sequoia trees, with sign
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Trees

These giant trees care located quite a ways from the valley, along highway 41. The grove was closed for renovation for a few years, so I suppose I can kind of sort of use that as an excuse. Haha.

Developed walking path curving through Sequoia trees - Mariposa Grove photos
Forest walkway

Anyhow, these newly opened walking paths are quite nice, but if you want to access the Mariposa Grove trail, I think you need to board a shuttle bus which comes and goes every 15 minutes or so.

I still haven’t figured out why exactly this is…perhaps they are trying to preserve the ecosystem between the two locations?

Exposed roots on massive fallen tree
Exposed roots on fallen tree

While waiting for the bus, I took a quick walk and noticed a lot of tourists marveling at this dead tree on its side along the path. All of its intricate roots are exposed, facing the visitors.

Bachelor and Three Graces trees along road - Mariposa Grove photos
These giant trees can make you feel tiny

After getting dropped off by the shuttle bus, this was one of the most beautiful stands of trees I spotted right away.

Mariposa Grove Trail

Mariposa Grove Trail sign along the way
Trail sign

From this location, the Mariposa Grove trail loop was only just over a mile I believe. I saw a surprising amount of deer along the way, especially considering how short the walk was! The deer didn’t seem to mind people much at all.

Loop trail steps climbing through the grove
Gentle climb through the forest

Of course, the trail passes many large, impressive sequoia trees, including the most famous, the Grizzly Giant. While it’s quite massive, it’s still only the 25th largest giant sequoia tree in the world.

Anyhow, I do hope to come back and take photos on a nice blue sky day sometime. I enjoyed this attraction, but imagine it would be even better with nice afternoon sunlight…

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