Giant Sequoias Trees, Yosemite National Park
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.
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
3.The Ahwahnee Hotel
5.Valley Visitor Center/shares stop with the El Capitan shuttle
6.Camp 4/Upper Yosemite Fall Trailhead
8.Valley Visitor Center
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
WAWONA MARIPOSA SHUTTLE:
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
5.Tuolumne Meadows Campground and Store
6.Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center
7.Cathedral Lakes Trailhead
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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