"the Giants" Mariposa Grove Tip by PA2AKgirl

Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park: 50 reviews and 98 photos

  Grizzly Giant
by PA2AKgirl

The Mariposa Grove is a great place to see the Giant Sequoias. There is a parking area and then a tram that takes you up on a tour. You'll learn about the names, why these trees are so fascinating and stop at the visitor center. You have the option of walking as well.I mapped these trees for a summer and learned so much about them. Most interesting, to me, are the twins and groups of trees that end up growing together. Also, the shallow root system and the tiny cones (please don't take any) The trees also reproduce by being burned, the cones open that way...so it's common to see a lot of the trees with burn scars. This doesn't hurt them, just opens a tunnel in some cases through the bark. These giant trees have were cut down originally because people thought since they were massive, they must be good lumber. Not true--I think some people even tried to make pencils out of them. Anyway, the history of the groves and the trees is very fascinating and you can get the chance to learn all of that on the ride and in the visitor center. It's also interesting to find out why they only grow in these particular areas...they aren't spread out all over the Park.

Address: Yosemite National Park
Directions: South Entrance. From the Valley continue on past Wawona and follow signs
Phone: +1 209-372-0200
Website: http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 13, 2004
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