Giant Sequoias Trees, Yosemite National Park

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  • Giant Sequoias Trees
    by Sienlu
  • Giant Sequoias Trees
    by Sienlu
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    Mariposa Visitors Centre
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    by Sienlu Written Nov 13, 2014

    The Mariposa Grove, the place we visited near Yosemite has about 500 mature giant sequoias. Some of those trees are believed to be more than 3000 years old.

    The 2 mile Mariposa Grove drivable road is open from about April to November. When it's closed you can still visit it by foot.

    It's a great hiking experience, we hiked from the parking lot to the California Tunnel Tree.

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    Bus Routes inside Yosemite

    by samitbabu Updated Oct 20, 2013

    Below are the "free" Bus routes that are available inside Yosemite:Park ehicle at any of the stops and take a hop off - hop service from the below.

    •Yosemite Valley (free shuttle service around eastern Yosemite Valley)
    •Glacier Point (late May/June through October via fee-based tour)
    •Badger Pass (mid December through March via free shuttle)
    •Wawona (summer only; very limited free shuttle available from Wawona to Yosemite Valley in the morning and from Yosemite Valley to Wawona in the afternoon)


    Valley Visitor Shuttle - FREE for Visitors

    Operates from 7am-10pm daily,
    stopping every 10-20 minutes according at each stop:
    l.Yosemite Village/Day Parking
    2.Yosemite Village
    3.The Ahwahnee Hotel
    4.Yosemite Village/
    5.Valley Visitor Center/shares stop with the El Capitan shuttle
    6.Camp 4/Upper Yosemite Fall Trailhead
    7.Yosemite Lodge
    8.Valley Visitor Center
    9.Yosemite Village
    10.Sentinel Bridge/Yosemite Chapel
    11.Housekeeping Camp/LeConte Memorial Lodge
    12.Curry Village Rental enter
    13.Curry Village Registration Desk
    14.Curry Village Parking
    15.Upper Pines Campground
    16.Happy Isles/John Muir Trialhead
    17.Mirror Lake Junction



    The free Wawona-Mariposa Grove shuttle bus transports passengers between Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias spring through fall. The bus picks up and drops off passengers at the Wawona Store, South Entrance, and at the Mariposa Grove Gift Shop. The Mariposa Grove Road closes several times each day from spring through fall when the parking lot becomes full. Visitors arriving on the shuttle bus are guaranteed access into the Mariposa Grove even when the parking lot is full.


    El Capitan Shuttle - FREE
    operates 9am-6pm at 1 1/2 hour intervals, stopping at these areas:
    **Valley Visitor Center (sharing with the Valley Visitor Shuttle--stop #5)
    **El Capitan Picnic Area
    **El Capitan Meadow
    **Four Mile Trail
    Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle Bus -FREE

    The free Tuolumne Meadows shuttle bus :Tuolumne Meadows area between the Tioga Pass and Olmsted Point (including Tenaya Lake) during the summer (typically mid June through early September) as follows:
    1.Tuolumne Meadows Lodge (7 am to 6 pm)
    2.Dog Lake Parking
    3.Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center
    4.Lembert Dome
    5.Tuolumne Meadows Campground and Store
    6.Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center
    7.Cathedral Lakes Trailhead
    8.Pothole Dome
    9.East end of Tenaya Lake
    10.Sunrise Lakes Trailhead (west end of Tenaya Lake)
    11.May Lake Trailhead
    12.Olmsted Point (7:30 am to 6 pm


    Mariposa Visitors Centre
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Road Trip
    • Budget Travel

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    Open Air Bus Tour

    by Yaqui Updated May 7, 2007

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    When we visited one of our many times. We had our 1 year old son Nick with us. What a wonderful little travel companion we have. He loved to travel with us and never fussed either. We decide we wanted to expose him to the great outdoors and did we! We all loved this open air tram tour bus. Weather permitting. It is wonderfully narrated with lots of information and history of the park. The buses are very safe, but please watch your little ones to be sure. We toured the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and they are those marvelous trees I have ever seen, of course that Fig Tree in Santa Paul almost compares. Everyone should visit these massive gifts of nature!

    Adult $22; Senior $18; Children 5 and up $11.50; Children under 5 free.

    Ask our ticket agents about family and group rates.

    Two hours

    Departure Time
    The tour leaves several times daily from Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, Shuttle Stop #8. See the current Yosemite Today or visit any Tour & Activity Desk for exact times. Year-round.

    You Will See
    Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, Tunnel View, Bridalveil Falls and more

    �� 2006 - 2007 DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc
    Related to:
    • Road Trip

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  • Giant Sequoias at the Merced Grove

    by miromi Written May 12, 2005

    there are not many tradeoffs to Yosemite, but you do have to get used to sharing the park with lots of people if you stick around the crowded Yosemite valley. While it is beautiful for a reason, we did want to see the Sequoias and the drive to the Marisposa seemed laborious and touristy.

    We drove to the Merced grove instead. It was really worth it, although we had to hike for 15 or 20 minutes through the snow. There are only 5 or 6 trees and they aren't as huge as the trees in the Mariposa grove, but they were enormous nonetheless.

    sequoias at the merced grove

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    the big boys

    by bryINpoland Written Jan 31, 2004

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    i went to yosemite because i wanted to see the "big boys", the sequoias. and man when i saw them, dude was i impressed. i never felt so small in my life.

    i recommend wearing comfortable hiking shoes on this hike and bring some bottles of water. if u are out of shape like me, u work up a bit of a sweat. plus if u are taveling with a female, u will be carrying everything half way through the hike.

    anyways, this is a must see at yosemite. have a great time there.

    * please feel free to rate this tip or any other of my tips, i am always looking to make improvements...thanks and happy travels

    angelica and i by a big tree
    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Family Travel
    • Archeology

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