Private Mariposa Grove & Wawona Point

Yosemite National Park
5.0 (2 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Giant Sequoias
  • Wawona Point
  • Great Photography
  • Wonderful Diversity
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History
  • Top-shelf Backpack & Trekking Poles
  • Tasty Trail Snacks & Picnic Lunch

Description

The mighty Giant Sequoia are the largest trees in the world and can only be found on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada range, including Yosemite National Park, putting this hike on the list of “must do’s.” The Mariposa Grove is home to hundreds of these trees, but most famously the 1,800-year-old, Grizzly Giant.

Our trek begins in the parking lot of the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza where you will meet up with your guide and catch a 15-minute NPS shuttle to the trailhead. The trail begins on the south end of the grove and heads west along a maintained walkway passing the “Fallen Monarch” and the “Bachelor and Three Graces” within the first mile. Continuing on another ¼ mile and a 300ft gain in elevation we will arrive at the Grizzly Giant. This is the tallest, 209 ft, and oldest tree in Yosemite national park. Moving on, the trail climbs steadily as we head past many other massive Sequoia’s namely the “Faithful couple” and the aptly named “Clothespin” tree. From here we are roughly 2 miles from the stunning Wawona Point. As we continue our climb we reach our final destination with stunning views of Wawona Valley, Wawona dome and the South Fork of the Merced river down below. Your guide will prepare a tasty trail lunch as we spend some time taking in the view. After lunch we will simply retrace our steps from where we came, hop on the shuttle and return back to our vehicles.

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

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6-8 Hours
$225-$620 Per Person
Season: Mar-Oct

Season: Mar-Oct

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Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 6-8 Hours
Distance: 7.75MI / 12.5KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This trip is along well maintained trails. Some concerns include loose dirt, large stepping stones and tree roots.

Hiking Distances:

8 miles

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs

Terrain:

Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

1600 feet

Heights Exposure:

None

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on lightly rugged terrain
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.

SOLITUDE LEVEL 1

  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves
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Rates

Rates

  • 1 person: $620
  • 2 people: $350 per person
  • 3 people: $310 per person
  • 4-5 people: $260 per person
  • 6-7 people: $225 per person
  • 10 and younger: $155 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include guide gratuity

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

Tour dates reflect general availability. You will select your desired hike during the registration process. The season for this hike is March-October.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Mandatory 5% national park fee that passes through directly to Yosemite

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What to Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

This hike meets at Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza. Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days prior to coordinate the rendezvous and answer any last minute questions you have.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

Weather in the Sierras

Being a high mountain environment, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the mountains. On trips in June, snow is a possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month
Valleys
Alpine
hi
low
hi
low
January
49°
26°
45°
25°
February
55°
28°
46°
26°
March
59°
31°
48°
27°
April
65°
35°
54°
30°
May
73°
42°
62°
37°
June
81°
51°
71°
46°
July
89°
57°
77°
50°
August
89°
56°
81°
53°
September
82°
51°
71°
46°
October
74°
39°
62°
37°
November
58°
31°
51°
29°
December
48°
26°
46°
25°

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (2 reviews)
Lisa C.
5.0

Memorable Day!

2 years ago

Our guide Cody was INCREDIBLE! I asked a million questions and he knew the answer to them ALL! Our lunch was delicious and our experience was memorable!

David C.
5.0

First Time to the US

3 years ago

This was our first time to the US and therefore Yosemite. My partner has Vertigo and this tends to cause us to be selective about routes and locations that we can walk in. From the initial inquiry and throughout he booking process Wildland were terrific and incredibly helpful. Whilst our selected hike was not he most remote, it was a great introduction to walking in the Sierra Nevadas and Katie, our guide, was brilliant. She was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and here pace and conversation was spot on. We loved it and will absolutely use Wildland again

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