Yosemite National Park
and Sierra National Forest
Yosemite, and in particular Yosemite Valley, is really an extraordinarily beautiful place. The valley floor alone, even ignoring the 3,000-foot-tall granite formations and the immense free-falling waterfalls, is remarkably scenic: it has stands of huge stately maple trees arching over the roadway, lush green meadows, and a wide placid river.
Yosemite gets 4 million visitors a year; in summer the roads on the valley floor are really busy and the trails to the main sights are a continuous stream of people. But the park is still a lot of fun to visit despite the crowds, and in any case the crowds drop off dramatically once you start hiking.
Yosemite has way too many trails to cover here, so this page only covers the sequoia groves in and around the park. See the "Related Websites" section below for information about the many other hikes in Yosemite.
Yosemite has three small sequoia groves: the miniscule Merced and Tuolumne groves, which only contain a few trees each, and the larger and more scenic Mariposa Grove. In addition, just south of Yosemite is Nelder Grove, which covers a large area but has a very low density of sequoias and has been partially logged.
**** Mariposa Grove (4.4 mi, 935 ft)
** Merced Grove (3.6 mi, 500 ft)
* Tuolumne Grove (2.6 mi, 520 ft)
* Nelder Grove (1.2 mi, 200 ft)
© 2012 David Baselt