Wawona & Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park Hiking

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Wawona & Mariposa Grove

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias has one of the largest groups of these ancient and towering sequoias, with trails that wind through the grove. The tallest sequoia in Mariposa Grove is 290 feet. Read More

  • Leashed pets allowed on Wawona Meadows Loop 
  • Self-guided trail brochures 
  • Tram tours

Overview

The Grizzly Giant, one of the best known sequoias in the Mariposa Grove, is 96 feet in circumference and 27.6 feet in diameter at its base, and is located a short .8 mile hike from the parking lot. A one-hour tram tour runs from May to October and gives the history of the grove. Wawona Point, at an elevation of 4810 feet, has a terrific view of the Wawona Valley.

Trailhead

Wawona Meadow Loop; Wawona Hotel: Swinging Bridge Loop; Wawona Store: Wawona to Mariposa Grove; Wawona Hotel: Mariposa Grove; Mariposa Grove parking area: Alder Creek; trailhead .4 miles up Chilnualna Falls Road: Chilnualna Falls; trailhead 2 miles up Chilnualna Falls Road

Hikes in the Wawona and Mariposa Grove include: 

  • Wawona Meadow Loop, easy, 3.5 mile loop, 2 hours 
  • Swinging Bridge Loop, easy, 4.8 mile loop, 2 hours 
  • Wawona to Mariposa Grove, moderate, 6 miles, free shuttle bus return 
  • Mariposa Grove, three moderate hikes, 1.6-6.9 miles, 1-5 hours 
  • Alder Creek, strenuous, 12 miles, 6-8 hours 
  • Chilnualna Falls, strenuous, 8.2 miles round-trip, 5 hours

Self-guiding tour maps are available.

Plan & Prepare

Bring water. Skiing or snowshoeing in the winter requires knowledge and preparation. Guidelines are available from the National Park Service.

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