Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe

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  • Enjoying the snow along the Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe.- Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe
  • Heavy snow and giant sequoias on the Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe.- Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe
  • Entering the grove.- Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe
  • Taking the first few steps into the grove.- Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe
  • The very first old-growth sequoia seen in the grove.- Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe
  • These trees make visitors feel very small.- Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe
  • Impressed by the height of the old sequoias. - Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe
  • An old destroyed sequoia can be walked through.- Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe
  • Heading toward one of the giant sequoias.- Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe
  • The fenced path passing through the grove.- Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe
  • These trees dwarf all others.- Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe
  • - Tuolumne Grove Snowshoe
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Old-growth forest. Easy-to-follow trail. Short hike.
Cons: 
Snowy roads.
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Region:
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
500.00 ft (152.40 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
2.40 mi (3.86 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,164.00 ft (1,878.79 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Tuolumne Grove is one of the easiest and best groves of giant sequoias to snowshoe through in Yosemite National Park. Most of the path is actually an old tourist route through Yosemite called Big Oak Flat Road that leaves from the parking lot. When walking to and from the Tuolumne Grove, you are walking in the footsteps of adventurers who traveled here more than 100 years ago. Because the majority of the path is an old road, the snowshoeing is steady and smooth for the entire route. When you arrive at the grove you will be presented with a fork in the road where a massive sequoia known as Big Red towers overhead.

The presence of snow in this grove creates a blanket that hides much of the area’s biology. Small mammals are likely burrowed nearby waiting for the spring. The parasitic snow plant lies dormant in the soil waiting for favorable conditions when it can drop its seeds. Sequoia seeds are also hiding under the snow. Though you may expect the sequoia to have large cones mimicking its own size, this is not the case at all. The cones of a giant sequoia are no larger than a chicken egg, and the seeds are much smaller. In fact, they are so small that it would take 90,000 seeds to weigh a single pound! Even though much is hidden in the snow, winter is a magical time to experience some of the world’s largest trees.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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