A Giant Sequoia stands tall next to trail along Tuolumne Grove Road
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Tuolumne Grove Trail

Updated by Pat Dorri on December 7 2023

Head along Tuolumne Grove Trail and you can expect a relaxing downhill path through forests before a grove of Giant Sequoias greet you. This trail is a quieter alternative to busier groves, whilst still seeing the impressive Sequoias up close.

An overview of the distance and difficulty hiking Tuolumne Grove Trail
πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ Distance2.5 miles
⏱️ Time1 to 2 hours
πŸ’ͺ DifficultyModerate
πŸ”οΈ Elevation Gain624 feet

Where can I find Tuolumne Grove Trail within Yosemite National Park?

If you are heading to the Tuolumne Grove Trail then Big Oak Flat Entrance is the closest entrance. Follow the road south as far as Crane Flat Gas Station, before turning onto Tioga Road before arriving at the Tuolumne Grove parking lot and trailhead.

What makes this hike so special?

Tuolumne Grove is one of three places in Yosemite National Park where you can see Giant Sequoia Trees, where you can pass through the wooded trail to see them up close. There are around two dozen trees to admire, including Big Red and the Tunnel Tree.

How we rate the different aspects of Tuolumne Grove Trail
FeatureOur rating
Natural beauty and scenery⭐⭐⭐
Wildlife spotting⭐⭐⭐
Peace and quiet⭐⭐⭐
Accessibility⭐⭐⭐

Dead Giant Tunnel Tree in Tuolumne Grove on a sunny day
Arrive in Tuolnme Grove and you can witness the sheer scale of Dead Giant Tunnel Tree.
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What are the highlights of hiking Tuolumne Grove Trail?

The highlights of hiking the Tuolumne Grove Trail includes historic Old Big Oak Flat Road and the grove itself, where you can explore the ancient giant sequoias.

  1. Old Big Oak Flat Road - This historic road is the pathway leading to Tuolumne Grove, offering a steep descent through the forest.
  2. Sugar Pine and White Fir Forest - As you hike down the Old Big Oak Flat Road, you can enjoy this serene woodland atmosphere.
  3. Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias - This grove is home to dozens of mature giant sequoias, including some you can walk through.

When is the best time of year to visit Tuolumne Grove Trail?

Tuolumne Grove Trail can be enjoyed throughout the year, however during winter snow shoes are recommended. It's also possible to cross-country ski to see the sequoias, although the steep uphill return journey can be hard work!

When is the best time to visit Tuolumne Grove Trail
SeasonConsiderations
Spring🌷 As the snow melts, the grove becomes accessible, and you can enjoy the groves without the summer crowds.
Summerβ˜€οΈ The weather is warm and the trails are clear, making it a popular time for visitors.
FallπŸ‚ A magnificent fall backdrop plus the cooler temperatures make for a pleasant hike​
Winter❄️ The trail is still accessible, however access may be more challenging and some parts may be closed.

Common questions about hiking Tuolumne Grove Trail

The incredible groves and forests throughout Tuolumne Grove Trail make for a popular and picturesque hike in Yosemite National Park - and also one of the few you can take your furry friends. Keep reading to see what else is available.

Is Tuolumne Grove Trail easily accessible for those with mobility issues?

β­• Tuolumne Grove Trail is considered fairly accessible for those with mobility issues.

❗ Although this relatively short hike is suitable for most visitors, there is a steep, 500-meter uphill stretch back to the parking area.

Are there restrooms along Tuolumne Grove Trail?

❌ No, there are no restrooms along Tuolumne Grove Trail, however there are at the start of the trailhead in the parking lot.

Are there refreshments and water stations along Tuolumne Grove Trail?

❌ No, there are no refreshments or water stations along Tuolumne Grove Trail.

❗ Pick up snacks at nearby Crane Flat Gas Station or wait until for a meal at White Wolf along Tioga Road (summer only).

Are dogs allowed along Tuolumne Grove Trail?

β­• Yes, dogs are allowed along the main trail of Tuolumne Grove Trail.

Are vehicles allowed along Tuolumne Grove Trail?

❌ No, cars, electric scooters, and ATVs are not allowed on Tuolumne Grove Trail.

Can you camp overnight along Tuolumne Grove Trail (or nearby)?

❌ No, you can not camp overnight along Tuolumne Grove Trail.

β­• If you are looking to stay overnight, then Crane Flat Campground is close to the trailhead between July and October, and you will need a reservation in advance.

Is there anything else to watch out for when I hike Tuolumne Grove Trail?

Although this is a relatively short hike that's suitable for most visitors in the summer months, be prepared for the steep, 500-meter uphill stretch on the walk back to the parking area.

Steep climb on Old Big Oak Flat Road lined with trees on both sides
Start off your journey along Old Big Oak Flat Road towards memorable Tuolumne Grove.
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