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Yosemite National Park – Mariposa Grove – California (2019)

Images of Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove – Central California, taken in June 2019.

With the signing of legislation by President Lincoln in 1864 this was the first Sequoia grove and, along with the Yosemite Valley, the first natural areas to be set aside and protected by the federal government. John Muir then brought President Theodore Roosevelt here in 1903 and in 1906 it was included as part of Yosemite National Park.

I started on the Big Trees Loop Trail which took me past the Fallen Monarch and then took the Grizzly Giant Loop Trail past a grouping of trees called the Bachelor and Three Graces to the Grizzly Giant itself. This is an amazing tree; Standing 209 feet tall it’s base 28 feet in diameter and 96 feet in circumference! But most impressive is the arm about half way up that is a full 7 feet in diameter. “Grizzly” is a good name for this tree as all the arms give it a unique profile.

A side trail takes you to a tree that is famous for a different reason; the California Tunnel Tree was cut in 1895 to allow coaches to pass through it as a scheme to attract visitors to the area. This is now the only living Giant Sequoia with a tunnel in it.
The Grizzly Giant Sequoia, 209 feet tall and 28 feet in diameter in Yosemite National Park
The Grizzly Giant Sequoia, 209 feet tall and 28 feet in diameter in Yosemite National Park
Looking up at the Grizzly Giant Sequoia in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Looking up at the Grizzly Giant Sequoia in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Sequoia cone, about the size of a quarter, in Yosemite National Park
Sequoia cone, about the size of a quarter, in Yosemite National Park
Wild Iris in the Mariposa Grove of Yosemite National Park
Wild Iris in the Mariposa Grove of Yosemite National Park
The California Tunnel Tree in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
The California Tunnel Tree in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
A Sequoia towers over the Fallen Monarch along the Big Trees Loop Trail in Yosemite National Park
A Sequoia towers over the Fallen Monarch along the Big Trees Loop Trail in Yosemite National Park
Root system and trunk of the Fallen Monarch in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Root system and trunk of the Fallen Monarch in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Large Sequoia in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Large Sequoia in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Sequoia among spruce trees in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Sequoia among spruce trees in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Towering Sequoia in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Towering Sequoia in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Base of a Giant Sequoia in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Base of a Giant Sequoia in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Butterflies in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Butterflies in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Mariposa Grove National Park Ranger in Yosemite National Park
Mariposa Grove National Park Ranger in Yosemite National Park
Tree limb on the rocks in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Tree limb on the rocks in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Barren trees in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Barren trees in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Sequoia Trees along the Grizzly Giant Loop Trail in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Sequoia Trees along the Grizzly Giant Loop Trail in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
The sun through the Sequoia canopy in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
The sun through the Sequoia canopy in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
A California Poppy in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
A California Poppy in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
Dead tree towering over the Grizzly Giant Loop Trail in Yosemite National Park
Dead tree towering over the Grizzly Giant Loop Trail in Yosemite National Park
The Big Trees Lodge, originally established in 1856, in Yosemite National Park
The Big Trees Lodge, originally established in 1856, in Yosemite National Park