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Tuolumne Grove Trail - Yosemite N.P.
This stump was once marketed as a drive through tree when a road passed through this way.  It can be walked through now. 6.83 California ratingStar
Tuolumne Grove Trail - Yosemite N.P. guyonthego

The Tuolumne Grove Trail in Yosemite National Park is approximately two miles roundtrip from the trailhead to the sequoia grove. The trailhead parking lot is on the main Tioga Road on the western side of the park. The highlight of the trail is a serene grove of about 30 sequoia trees. Most of the trail is paved and was in good condition. The descent/ascent is relatively easy for a person in good shape but would be considered moderately difficult for others due to a 400 foot elevation change.

Yosemite is one of the great parks of the United States and has extensive hiking options from very easy to extremely difficult. Most of the park is wilderness. More accessible trails are located in Yosemite Valley but can get busy as the valley is the most popular park destination. The Tuolumne Grove Trail generally is less busy and is located on the main park Tioga Road, which crosses the park from east to west. The Tioga road is closed in winter but is kept open up to the Tuolumne Grove area from the western side of the park year round.

The trailhead includes a few interpretive signs on sequoia trees. A paved trail leads down to the grove and is wide enough for a car. The descent is steady but not too steep. The trail also is well marked, and it becomes dirt and more narrow in the grove. There also are a few additional interpretive signs in the grove. A pass through tree (or to be more accurate a stump) is available to walk through. The trail was moderately busy for a weekend fall day, although there were still opportunities for privacy and reflection. While the sequoia trees here are less numerous and less stately than those in the Mariposa Grove, if you are looking for a more convenient spot to see some large trees and don’t mind the 400 foot elevation change, this trail is a reasonably good option in a beautiful forest setting.
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