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Tuolumne Grove - Yosemite, CA

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 5 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,219 feet
Elevation Gain -291 feet
Accumulated Gain 466 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 Hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.33
Interest Historic
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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8  2017-09-09
Olmsted Point & Tuolumne Grove
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Olmsted Point & Tuolumne Grove
8  2014-07-22 ddgrunning
Author JimmyLyding
author avatar Guides 111
Routes 430
Photos 4,295
Trips 715 map ( 4,289 miles )
Age 46 Male Gender
Location Walnut Creek, CA
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Preferred   Sep, Jun, Jul, Aug → 10 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  4:37am - 7:24pm
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Giant Sequoias Off Of Tioga Road
by JimmyLyding

Likely In-Season!
The hike from the parking area along Tioga Road to the Tuolumne Grove of giant sequoias is an easy hike with a little bit of cardio thrown in to make it worthwhile.

This hike starts at the large parking area 1/2 mile up/north from the Crane Flat gas station (with a decent convenience store) on the west side of Tioga Road. There are a few buildings at the trailhead, and they look to be for some sort of infrastructure. One building obviously had a generator running, and it was still running when I drove by it the next day.

There is a large sign where the trail begins that informs you that this is the old Big Oak Flat Road, and it is indeed still paved for stretches. The route goes around and to the west of a forested knoll, then begins to drop steadily through a forest of red fir and lodgepole pine. It's not a big deal because the AEG on this hike is minimal.

You are already used to walking in the deep dark woods when the first sequoias appear. They're pretty difficult to get good glimpses of because of the other tall trees, but the real treasure is to get closer. Think about trees with 10-20 feet diameters. There were very few sequoia cones on the ground when I visited on July 4, 2012, but that may be due to any number of reasons.

The trail down along the old road hits a junction with a dirt trail branching off to the right after about a mile, and you should definitely take it. The trail hits a gigantic, burned stump after about 50 yards that has a tunnel through it. This trunk is easily 20 feet across, and probably closer to 30. Hike through the tunnel and the trail bends to the left before continuing back to the old road. This area has the most sequoias, and it is very isolated. Turn left onto the main trail and return the way you came by enjoying about 400 feet of elevation gain over a mile-and-change. No big deal.

Remember that it is illegal to leave any trail (the dirt trail I described above that forms the small lasso loop is perfectly legal).

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2012-07-10 JimmyLyding
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Yosemite National Park
Entrance Fees
Wilderness Permit
Half Dome Permit - Currently required 7 days a week. Check the link for the most up to date information.

2014 - 300 permits issued daily, 225 for dayhikers.
2013 - 400 permits issued daily, 300 for dayhikers.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From the Yosemite National Park entrance on Hwy 120 continue along the highway for approximately 20 miles to its junction with junction with the road into Yosemite Valley. Go left/north at the junction while keeping on Hwy 120/Tioga Road. Crane Flat gas station (with convenience store) is about 1/2 mile ahead, and the trailhead is 1/2 mile further and very well-signed on the left/west.
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