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.