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"Giant" seems to be an understatement for this expansive grove of Sequoia trees in the southernmost section of Yosemite. Mariposa is one of three groves in the park where visitors can view sequoia trees. The distinction between Mariposa Grove and the others is that Mariposa is the largest, housing about 500 mature giant sequoia trees that are thousands of years old. Featured sights include the Fallen Monarch (a giant tree that fell hundreds of years ago) and the Grizzly Giant, which is estimated to be around 1,800 years old and is about 90 feet in circumference. There's also the fun California Tunnel Tree, which is the only sequoia in Yosemite that features a manmade tunnel carved out the middle of the trunk. Admire the towering trees on one of the area's many hiking trails. Trails range from easy to strenuous, with the Big Trees Loop Trail being the easiest. This 30- to 45-minute hike (which is paved) takes travelers past a variety of giant sequoias, including the Fallen Monarch, with interpretive panels explaining the life of sequoias stationed along the route.

Previous travelers highly recommend a visit, even though it is a bit of a drive from Yosemite Valley (about an hour).

There is limited parkng at the Mariposa Grove Arrival Area. Between March and November, there is a free shuttle that provides service from the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza, near South Entrance, to the Mariposa Grove. For more information about Mariposa Grove, visit Yosemite National Park's website

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