One of Our Favorite Yosemite Hikes
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Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias
Wind sang through the trees, spotted a couple of bear prints shortly after the thrill of watching a bear run across the highway ahead of us. Only one other hiker shared our trail on this leisurely sunrise hike. Morning is a terrific time to view these beauties, with early light filtering through the trees. Also a great way to avoid the crowds. (The Mariposa Grove, Yosemite’s largest and main Sequoia grove is currently closed for renovation, until spring 2017, so both the Merced and Tuolumne Groves are much busier than usual.) Early is the way to go! Started our hike at a resonable 8 am, following a yummy breakfast of Sunset Inn fresh eggs! Trail starts out on an old dirt road, level for first ¾ mile, then descends downhill along the old, historic Coulterville road for another mile to the grove of these glorious giants. The smallest of Yosemite’s groves, the Merced boasts only about a dozen Sequoias, with most right next to the trail. Hikers are no longer encouraged to go up and hug a tree, as ground compaction at the base of these ancient giants is now thought to be damaging. At the bottom of the grove there remains a stout old log cabin, gives you a feel for the pioneer era. Happened to be a smoky day, but with no far-off vistas down in the grove, didn’t notice the smoke at all. Great little hike!
Easy, 3 ½ mile hike.
Trailhead on Highway 120 (the Big Oak Flat Road) about 8 miles east of Sunset Inn.