Hike the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

2.5 Miles Round Trip - 500 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias - Search Nearby - Added by Rob Witt

Explore a giant sequoia grove with a dead sequoia you can walk through. This is a beautiful forest hike for the whole family and provides you with solitude as opposed to the crowded Yosemite Valley. 

The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is one of three sequoia groves in Yosemite National Park. This particular grove has gorgeous forest scenery and provides great solitude compared to the crowded Yosemite Valley. The trail used to be an old road offering a wide path with a gradual descent, making it a great hike for families even with children. The trail is just over a mile downhill to the first part of the grove of giant sequoias.

Once you arrive to the first of these massive trees, allow yourself to become overwhelmed and humbled with the scale of these ancient living organisms. Soak up the magnitude of the giant sequoias presence, be sure to wander through the entire grove. There’s an old dead sequoia that was carved out for horse and buggies way back in the day.

A short trail spurs off the main old road through the grove. Take time to explore this brief loop, as it leads past a fallen sequoia that provides a unique perspective of the massive scale of these giants. Walk around this dead sequoia, climb on top, and even crawl through the hollowed space inside for a hands on experience.

Hike back out the same way you came. There is a 500 foot elevation gain on the return journey, but it is gradual and never very steep. Be sure to have a snack and hydrate if needed. The trailhead is located off the Tioga Road (which is closed during the winter months) but does have a restroom.

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2.5 Miles
500 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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It's pretty awesome to walk through a dead sequoia. Lots of people have carved their initials into it, don't be one of them.

Try to go early in the morning to skip the crowds and also to catch the morning light beaming through the substantial trees. The Sequoias are truly amazing and really puts you in perspective. Totally worth checking out.