Yosemite National Park, California
Mariposa Grove Yosemite National Park Reviews
Giant Sequoia Trees May 10, 2013
Giant Sequoia trees dominate this part of Yosemite; not to be mistaken with Sequoia National Park, they are two separate entities. We arrived in the park early enough so we could not check into our hotel, we decided to go see the first stop on our map. We drove into the park after purchasing our annual pass, the grove is a short drive from the main entrance gate. There were a lot of cars and people, but we managed to get parking just fine.
Information about the trees and the grove are posted right next to the beginning of the hiking trail. The first thing you see as you get to the parking is this giant sequoia tree with semi red trunk and as tall as your eyes can see above.
We decided to hike in and see some of the other trees and learn a little more about them.
What was interesting to learn, was that the giant sequoias actually need fire to reproduce. We made stops along the way and saw the 'the Fallen Monarch', which is the giant fallen sequoia as you start the hike. The next stop was the 'Bachelor and three Graces', and then on to the 'Giant Grizzly' the biggest tree in the grove. Down slope from the giant grizzly was the tree with a hole in its trunk.
There are plenty of deer in the grove, many are unafraid of people, which I found quite interesting.
PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today!
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