View of Grizzly Giant and surrounding dense forest in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite
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Grizzly Giant Loop Trail

Updated by Pat Dorri on December 7 2023

Hiking the Grizzly Giant Loop Trail in Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias takes you through the tranquil forest of towering giant sequoias, including the famous Grizzly Giant. This exciting and accessible trail takes you through the heart of Yosemite National Park.

An overview of the distance and difficulty hiking Grizzly Giant Loop Trail
πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ Distance2 miles
⏱️ Time2 hours
πŸ’ͺ DifficultyModerate
πŸ”οΈ Elevation Gain380 feet

Where can I find Grizzly Giant Loop Trail within Yosemite National Park?

Found in Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Grizzly Giant Loop Trail is best accessed from the South Entrance, where after a few hundred feet, you'll take a right turn onto Mariposa Grove Road.

Parking at the trailhead is only available to vehicles with a disability placard, and from April to December you'll have to park at the Welcome Plaza and take the free shuttle.

There are 300 spaces, so arrive early in summer, and double-check dates and times of the last shuttle as they vary each month.

What makes this hike so special?

The Grizzly Giant Loop Trail takes you to one of Yosemite's star attractions, the iconic Grizzly Giant tree. This giant sequoia is one of the largest trees in the world, and is an estimated 2,995 years old. A truly jaw-dropping sight.

How we rate the different aspects of Grizzly Giant Loop Trail.
FeatureOur rating
Natural beauty and scenery⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wildlife spotting⭐⭐⭐
Peace and quiet⭐⭐
Accessibility⭐⭐⭐⭐

Grizzly Giant at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, sunlight coming through tree branches
Marvel at the incredible size of the Grizzly Giant at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.
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What are the highlights of hiking Grizzly Giant Loop Trail?

To get to stand next to the immense Grizzly Giant, one of the largest and oldest trees in the world, is a real highlight of this impressive trail. The ancient grove of giant sequoias really is a memorable experience, with several impressive sites.

  1. The Grizzly Giant Sequoia Tree - An awe-inspiring natural wonder, one of the most renowned trees and areas in the world.
  2. Mariposa Grove - Home to a multitude of other giant sequoias, each displaying its own unique presence.
  3. The California Tunnel Tree - An iconic giant sequoia with a tunnel carved through its base. A certan insta-worthy photo opportunity.

When is the best time of year to visit Grizzly Giant Loop Trail?

Grizzly Giant Loop Trail is best visited from early spring until fall, when you can generally expect milder and more comfortable weather for hiking, and the giant sequoias and grove in absent of snow.

When is the best time to visit Grizzly Giant Loop Trail
SeasonConsiderations
Spring🌷 Spring brings milder temperatures for exploring, although cooler mornings and evenings require extra layers for hiking.
Summerβ˜€οΈ Summer is peak season, so consider arriving early to get a parking space and avoid the crowds..
FallπŸ‚ With good weather and pretty fall foliage throughout the forests, this is a pretty and popular time to visit.
Winter❄️ The trail is open year-round, however because of snow access to the trail is via cross-country skis or snowshoes.

Common questions about hiking Grizzly Giant Loop Trail

Grizzly Giant Loop Trail is an exciting trail, that reveals some of the oldest and most wonderous sites within Yosemite National Park. The popular attractions within Mariposa Grove are set up well for visitors, but plan ahead if visiting later in the year when accessibility is limited.

Is Grizzly Giant Loop Trail easily accessible for those with mobility issues?

β­• Yes, Grizzly Loop Trail is considered easily accessible for those with mobility issues. The trail includes paved sections so suited for individuals with wheelchairs or strollers.

Are there restrooms along Grizzly Giant Loop Trail?

β­• Yes, there are restrooms close to Grizzly Giant Loop Trail, within Mariposa Grove.

Are there refreshments and water stations along Grizzly Giant Loop Trail?

β­• Yes, there are water stations close to Grizzly Giant Loop Trail, within Mariposa Grove.

Are dogs allowed along Grizzly Giant Loop Trail?

❌ No, dogs are not allowed along Grizzly Giant Loop Trail.

Are vehicles allowed along Grizzly Giant Loop Trail?

❌ No, cars, electric scooters, and ATVs are not allowed on Grizzly Giant Loop Trail.

Can you camp overnight along Grizzly Giant Loop Trail (or nearby)?

❌ No, you can not camp overnight along Grizzly Giant Loop Trail.

❗ Overnight camping is available from December to April in Mariposa Grove, or there's a campsite at Fish Camp called Summerdale Campground.

Is there anything else to watch out for when I hike Grizzly Giant Loop Trail?

Respect the trees and stay on the paths. Staying on designated paths protects the fragile roots of these ancient trees.

If you plan to stay a little longer you'll need a wilderness permit as they restrict camping to certain areas in Mariposa Grove. Check out any restrictions in advance of arriving.

The brown tourism sign of Mariposa Grove at the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park
Enter Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and incredible and memorable forests await you.
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