Yosemite - Camping - Mariposa Grove - Glacier Point

September 2005
Yosemite Camping at North Pine
Mariposa Grove - Glacier Point

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Link to Part 1 - North Pine and Bridalveil Fall Pictures

Link to Part 3 - The Fissures and Taft Point

    From Bridalveil Fall we head up to the Mariposa Grove to see the Giant Redwoods. Half way up the mountain by car, we see various view of the Valley below.

    Ah, at last, something that we can feel and touch - The giant Redwoods... We hiked three miles of the lower and portion of the upper loop trails through Mariposa Grove. On this trail we passed the majority of the famous giant redwoods. A brief description of the Redwood groves is taken from the Nation Park Service Site.

    The Mariposa Grove (The one we visited), the largest of the three groves, is well known for the Grizzly Giant (once thought to be the oldest living sequoia) and the fallen Wawona Tunnel Tree. The Wawona Tunnel Tree became world-famous when an opening was cut through the tree in 1881. For the next 88 years, people came, first in stages and then in automobiles, to ride through this tree. As a result of wet snow, soggy soil, high winds, and perhaps combined with the weakening of the tree from the tunnel, the tree toppled in the winter of 1968/1969. You can still visit this fallen tree, as well as still walk through the California Tunnel Tree (carved out in 1895), near the Grizzly Giant.

    Hiking map of the Mariposa Grove and where the trees we visited are located. From the map below, we follow the trail from its start from the parking lot. We visited all the trees except for the telescope and the fallen Wawona Tunnel Tree. The weather was perfect for this hike, just cool enough to be pleasant, the sun warm enough to give us a feeling of warmth, and the mountain air so clean, that it gave us a great sense of enjoying Nature at its best.

    Link to a web site with great descriptions of the trees and the trail

    We didn't capture any pictures of the first Redwood, whose root and lower truck base looks like a gigantic "Big Foot"" monster's foot. This "Big Foot" tree can be seen from the shuttle bus on the way to the visitor center at the start of the walking trail or tram ride. The tram ride, which used to be free, or at least only a couple of bucks, now cost is $16 per person. The first tree we visited is the Fallen Monarch, a giant sequoia tree that felled 300 years ago. This enormous tree was made famous by the U.S. Cavalry officers with their mounts on top of the tree. The photo was taken in 1899. You can see from the roots, how large in diameter the tree is. (Side note - In Sequoia Nation Park, just East of Fresno, there is a fallen giant sequoia that is position just right so you can drive your auto up on top of it for photo ops.)

    Next is the Bachelor and Three Graces trees.

    Next are various trees on the way to the Grizzly tree.

    As we approach the Grizzly tree, you can see the twisted lower branches. The bottom limbs are over 10 ft thick, we talking about a tree branch. In the first picture of the Grizzly, look how tiny the people are at the base of the tree. The first pictures were taken quite a distance from the tree.

    From the grizzly tree, we pass through the famous California Tunnel tree. After a fairly long hike through the cool forest, we make it to the "faithful Couple" two trees that joined together at the base about a thousand years ago. Another quarter mile and we reached the Clothespin tree. Mmmmm?? Wonder why it got this name???

    After a picnic lunch at Wawona , we head to Glacier Point, which is closed in the winter, and is only open to traffic for about 4-5 months out of the year. Looks like Mike and Whiskey Gin are having a hard time deciding which way to jump.

    Many views of Half Dome. In the last one, you can see Nevada Fall, which very few people hike to. It is along the trail to the top of Half Doom. Look closely, you can see Vernal Fall at the lower bottom center of the photo. It normally takes a couple of hours along the mist trail to reach Vernal Fall. Ever wonder why the trail is called the "Mist Trail"???

    Some great views from Glacier Point.

    The gang finally decides to lie down and take in the great views at this vantage point, thinking about the great force of nature that created this view for them to enjoy. At the end, we have to do our man thing, to show who's in control. Rodger is standing on top of a large rock.

    On the short hike back from Glacier Point, the Group spotted a baby turkey running across the trail. Why did the chicken cross the street???

Link to Part 1 - North Pine and Bridalveil Fall Pictures

Link to Part 3 - The Fissures and Taft Point


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