Tuolumne Grove Trail

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200 m
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Immerse yourself in a sea of sequoias along the Tuolumne Grove Trail. This epic family-friendly adventure exhibits the grandeur of the ancient trees that adorn the terrain. Wander through the enchanting forests on your next trip to Yosemite.

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Route Description for Tuolumne Grove Trail

Tuolumne Grove is a quieter alternative to Mariposa Grove, and this hike is an incredibly scenic adventure that exhibits the beauty and intricacies of the sequoia tree. Though not as busy as Mariposa Grove, this forest still draws plenty of eager explorers, so we suggest heading out early to secure a parking spot. Additionally, pets are allowed on the paved portions of the trail, but not on the side routes. Note: Yosemite National Park charges an entrance fee; refer to the NPS website for more information.

Incredibly scenic and open year-round, the Tuolumne Grove Trail is an adventurer’s oasis. Whether you choose to walk, run, cross country ski, or snowshoe, the ways to experience this magical grove are countless. Immerse yourself in the forest of sugar pines, white firs, and ancient sequoias, as you wander through the gigantic trees and admire their magnificence. Be sure to take the time to read the interpretive signs that line the path, as they depict the area’s history and ecology! We can almost certainly guarantee that adults and children alike will enjoy the epic excursion through Tuolumne Grove!

Embark on your adventure along the Tuolumne Grove Trail from the Old Big Oak Flat Road in Tuolumne Grove. From here, you will begin your adventure by tracking northeast through a forest of mixed pines and white firs. Soon after departing from the trailhead, the path will begin to descend further into the woodlands. Mind your footing as you gradually climb down and consider bringing trekking poles if you have bad joints! Eventually, you will navigate a switchback into the sequoia grove.

When you reach a junction, keep right and you will be guided to the Dead Giant Tunnel Tree. Admire the grandeur of the looming sequoia before hiking through the base of the tree. As you wander you will reach an overlook of the grove that reveals awesome views of the ancient trees. At this intersection, keep left to hike clockwise past an area of tree burn and the interpretive signs depicting the ecology of the environment. Soon you will be redirected to the viewpoint, where you will hike south along the rightmost trail to reconnect with the route that led you into the grove. Head south to retrace your steps up to the Old Big Oak Flat Road and back to the trailhead, marking the end of your adventure.

Trail Highlights

Tuolumne Grove

Tuolumne Grove is a grand sequoia grove in Yosemite National Park. Located near Crane Flat, on the southeastern border of the Tuolumne River, this grove is home to many conifers, including the famous sequoias. Located within the grove is the notable “Dead Giant” and fallen sequoia. The next time you find yourself in Yosemite, a detour to Tuolumne Grove is a must!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is better, Tuolumne Grove or Mariposa Grove?

Both groves are picturesque and boast exciting adventures, but Mariposa Grice is the more popular destination of the two in Yosemite National Park.

Where is Tuolumne Grove?

Tuolumne Grove is located off Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park.

How long is the Tuolumne Grove Trail?

The Tuolumne Grove Trail is a 4.5 km out-and-back hike.

Insider Hints for Tuolumne Grove Trail

  • Parking is limited at the trailhead, so arrive early to secure a spot
  • Enjoy the trails in the winter months with a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis
  • There is no drinking water in the area, so make sure you bring enough
  • Bring a camera, the picture-perfect scene warrants some photos
  • Note your pup is allowed on the paved path, but not on the unpaved side trails in the grove

Getting to the Tuolumne Grove Trail Trailhead

Access the Tuolumne Grove Trail from the trailhead off Tioga Pass Road.

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