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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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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I’m Nathan Allen, photographer / creator of YosemiteParkPhotos.com (Yosemite Photos) and international travel site I Dreamed Of This. In truth, I lived in San Francisco, New York, & Singapore…but nothing compares to life in the mountains. I share my experiences HERE.