Lens Travels - Living our Dreams! travel blog

Sequoia in the parking lot

They drop many a pine cone

Deep burn marks

Walking path we enjoyed

Wild Iris and friend

Telescope Tree - See the opening on the side

The open side of the living Telescope Tree

Looking up thru the Telescope Tree - See the greenery

Len at the opening of the Telescope Tree

The burn scars ran high up on this tree

Looking thru a hole burned in the base of a living tree

The Grizzly Giant

Fire helps thin out the forest for Sequoia growth

The Clothespin Tree

Close up of the 90 foot opening of the Clothespin

Mariposa Tree - Tallest tree in the park

Size comparison

Root system of a fallen Sequoia

Two trunks growing side by side

Took this for my friend, Rose

This is a five year old Sequoia

Mariposa Grove Museum

Love the chimney

Beautiful root system

Lush green forest

Looks like big claws

They are sooo big

Beautiful

Deep burn marks

They are huge!

We found this to be beautiful

Len enjoying the beauty

The top of a Sequoia

I liked the perspective of these two trees

The back side of the museum

The trail to the bathrooms at the upper grove

My Mother taught me to sit up straight

Nancy at the base of the Grizzly Giant

Against my size 8's

This tree was carved out for cars back in the day


After making our way thru the fire area, we finally arrived at the Mariposa Grove. The Sequoias are amazing! Their majestic beautiful just takes your breath away. You are in such awe of their size and longevity .

You can't drive up in to the groves anymore, so we took a hour and a half tram ride around the lower and upper groves. It was $25.50 and well worth it! They made two scheduled stops, which you could get off and catch another tram back allowing you to enjoy the immediate area or take off hiking some of the nearby trails. The two scheduled stops were the Grizzly Giant and Mariposa Grove Museum. If you really wanted some exercise you could hike the 6 1/2 miles up to the upper grove. At the high elevation, hiking is a serious workout.

Sequoias can live to be 2,000 years old, reaching heights of 325 feet. Their trunks can reach over 25 feet thick. Sequoias are resilient to bugs, lightening strikes, fire, and rot. The trees require a fire to burn through the forest periodically to thin out the under brush, other trees and to re-seed. Their pine cones can hang on a tree for up to 20 years. A mature tree can have up to 10,000. pine cones on it at one time. Each pine cone contains 200 seeds, which resembles oatmeal. The Mariposa Grove consists of hundreds of Giant Sequoias, what a day it was hanging out in their presence.



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