Big Oak Flat Road, Yosemite National Park

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Big Oak Flat Road

Big Oak Flat Road travels through Yosemite from the Big Oak Flat Entrance, taking the visitor past some amazing attractions and right to the heart of the park, Yosemite Valley. Read More

  • Take a scenic drive along Big Oak Flat Road on your way to Yosemite Valley
  • It’s about 25 miles from Big Oak Flat entrance station to the valley
  • Stop at the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias to hike among massive trees
  • Enjoy the Tuolumne Grove self-guided nature trail

Overview

Big Oak Flat Road California passes some of Yosemite’s most pleasurable sights, as it winds carefully through the park, taking travelers into Yosemite Valley, with its scenic vistas and amenities for any visitor.

Driving Directions

Big Oak Flat Road CA runs between the Big Oak Flat Entrance of Yosemite National Park and the Merced River, where it joins with El Portal Road running into Yosemite Valley.

Time/Distance

Big Oak Flat Road Yosemite is about 25 miles in length and it takes about 45 minutes to drive from the entrance station to the northwest part of Yosemite Valley.

Highlights

Yosemite Big Oak Flat Road gives the visitor access to a few popular attractions in the park.

  • Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias
    The Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias is a tranquil place to visit, walking among these massive trees. To reach the grove, it’s a three mile hike, and although the smallest of Yosemite’s Giant Sequoia groves, it’s a smooth trail and there’s a lovely spot for a picnic at the trailhead. If you are there in the spring, you’ll see amazing wildflowers blooming.
  • Tuolumne Grove
    In the Tuolumne Grove you can walk through one of the Giant Sequoias, and even though the tree died long ago, it’s still an incredible experience, showing you the true size of these gigantic trees. Take a self-guided nature trail through the grove to enhance your visit.
  • Hodgdon Meadow
    Open from May to September, this campground is a popular spot to stay during a Yosemite Park visit. There are a number of hiking trails nearby. Small recreational vehicles are welcome.
  • Crane Flat
    Crane Flat, at an elevation of 6,200 feet, is another campground along Big Oak Flat Road where you can set up a base camp for your visit. It’s a short distance off the main road, but this assures privacy and lack of noise. You always get a lot of shade as the pines surround and tower over the campgrounds.

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