Merced Grove Trail

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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2-2.5h
Distance
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6.6 km
Elevation
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229 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Immerse yourself in a sea of sequoias along the Merced Grove Trail. This relaxing hike wanders through an enchanting grove adorned with ancient sequoias and mixed pines. If you are seeking a tranquil hiking route ideal for self-reflection and reconnection, then you will love the Merced Grove Trail.

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Route Description for Merced Grove Trail

Hiking the Merced Grove Trail is a tranquil experience. Open year-round, you can enjoy this scenic trail with a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis! Take note that sections of this path are steep and uneven, so mind your footing and consider wearing a sturdy pair of footwear. Additionally, there is no drinking water at the trailhead, so make sure to bring plenty of water with you! Less trafficked than other sequoia grove hikes, this makes for a great escape from the typical Yosemite crowds. The Yosemite National Park charges an entrance fee, check out the NPS website for the pricing guide and additional information.

Embark on your adventure through Merced Grove from the trailhead off Big Oak Flat Road. From here, track the Old Yosemite Coulterville Road south. Soon after your departure from the trailhead, you’ll encounter an intersection. Keep left here and you will be diverted onto the Merced Grove Trail, which will guide you near the Moss River as you wander the magical forested path. Soon, you will reach the section of the grove decorated with immense, ancient sequoias.

Revel in the grandeur of the sequoia trees as you explore the grove, and when you are finished meandering the woodlands, head back the way you came to the trailhead.

Getting to the Merced Grove Trail Trailhead

Merced Grove Trail is accessed via the trailhead off Big Oak Flat Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Backcountry Camping, Wilderness Permit Required.

  • When to do

    Year-round

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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