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Mariposa Grove to Wawona Lodge

Take a closer look at the Wawona wilderness while escaping the crowds on this downhill hike in Yosemite National Park
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 5.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  After spending your morning at the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (see the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Guide if you haven’t... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

The trail from Mariposa Grove to Wawona Lodge is 5.1 miles from the trailhead, but the trailhead itself is about 1 mile from the Mariposa Grove parking lot (but if you are already exploring the grove, head over to the trail after visiting the Clothespin Tree and The Faithful Couple to save a little distance.

2. Switchbacks

The initial part of the trail is a significant amount of elevation loss, which can be difficult on the knees after a day of hiking through the grove. Take your time and enjoy the scenery as you give your knees a well-deserved break.

3. Near the Road

A little after halfway, the trail almost touches Hwy41 and then just as quickly leaves the road again. There is a short path to the road if you want to shorten the trail, but you will need to arrange for someone to pick you up ahead of time, because there is no where else to go once you reach the road.

4. Junction

After the road you will reach a fork in the road. Take the path to the left and continue on towards the Wawona Lodge.

During the last mile or two of the hike you will leave the cover of the trees and enter a more open area. This section is significantly more exposed than the first part, so plan ahead and put on plenty of sunscreen and cover... More

After another 0.5 miles through a wooded area you will arrive at the backside of the Wawona Lodge, and your trip will be complete. Consider going to the Golf shop near the meadow for a snack or a cold drink while you rest your feet, or cool off with an afternoon dip on the cold pool.