There are tons of incredible experiences to be had in Yosemite National Park! Since first moving to California in 2009, our family has gone to the park countless times. If you live in California and haven’t yet gone, you are missing out on one of our nation’s greatest treasures! In Mariposa Grove alone there are amazing sights such as the Grizzly Giant, the oldest and largest tree in Yosemite (at over 1800 years old and believed to be the 5th largest tree in the world)! There’s also the Tunnel Tree, cut in 1895 to allow coaches to pass through and is the only living tree with a tunnel running through it!
Why we love it: In addition to being a nice leisurely hike, we got a kick out of Telescope Tree, which is completely hollow, yet living. You can literally walk in, look up, and see the sky! At the time we visited our big boy was eleven months old and loved hearing his echo inside of the tree.
For the Young Ones (ages 0-10): If your young ones are used to being in a carrier or taking short hikes, this is a great walk through the woods. Little ones who want to stretch those legs can get in a good walk, but parents should keep the carrier with you in case they get tired.
Keep In Mind:
- Mariposa Grove will be CLOSED for approximately 24 months, beginning no sooner than July 6, 2015! If you want to see it soon, get there ASAP. Otherwise, it’ll be a couple of years. For details, see this page.
- The most direct route to get to Mariposa Grove is to take the approximate one hour drive into the park via the south entrance. Even on a Friday morning in off-season, as soon as we entered the park we had to park in the first parking lot because the lot closest to Mariposa Grove was already full!
Around the Area: If you’re looking for a place to stay outside of the park and with close proximity to Mariposa Grove, check out one of the places we’ve stayed, The Mariposa Lodge. It’s just what you need if you’re looking for simple comfort at the end of each day.
Difficulty Level: Beginner.