Merced Grove, Yosemite National Park

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Merced Grove is a giant sequoia grove located near Crane Flat just inside the western boundary of Yosemite National Park north of El Portal and the Merced River, at. It is in the small valley of Moss Creek, accessible by short hike. It has 40 sequoias over 5 feet in diameter including around 15 over 10 feet in diameter.
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  • Definitely worth stopping off. There was a detour to get here due to rockfall but worth the extra time.  more »
  • Merced Grove trail is beautiful and is ideal if like us your fitness level is average. The first part of the trail is very good (Board and the ground is hard). Especially keep your left when you are returned to the fork. But don't worry, it is well marked with a sign, however, take note that the slope at the back is still steep and is 1.6 km (1mile). Personally, if I could go back I would bring market sticks which would have been useful to the back. Allow about 2.5 to 3 hours of markets to make the round trip quietly enjoying the view. Good hike :)
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  • We were disappointed that the Mariposa grove was closed. A woman at the resort told us that we could see some sequoias here. The road is a little scary at the end, and I was glad our son was driving. ...  more »

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Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone. Choose from upscale or historic hotels, a well-appointed lodge, motel rooms, rustic cabins, canvas tent cabins, and developed campgrounds. Yosemite Village in the heart of the valley is the most convenient place to stay, but other accommodations line the roads leading to the village. If you can't secure a place inside the park, try the various lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, and motels on the roads leading in from the west. Staying any further out can cost you valuable time that you could be spending hiking, biking, and sightseeing. To escape from the crowds in the valley, reserve a campsite at Crane Flat or Hodgdon Meadow, which are far enough out to provide solitude but close enough to reach major valley attractions in less than half an hour. Campgrounds along Tioga Road see even fewer crowds. If you plan to visit in summer, you must reserve accommodations (even campsites) well in advance, as Yosemite remains extremely popular with both visitors from afar and those based in California.
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