|Giant Ent toes. Or Imperial Walkers. Run for your lives!|
When finished, the grove will be a different place. Parking will be moved to the edge of the grove, and trams will provide free access from an even larger parking lot two miles away. The grove will be traversed by footpaths only, including an ADA access trail to the largest tree in the grove, the Grizzly Giant. There will be flush toilets at the parking area. If these changes work like similar actions that have been taken in other national parks, visitors will have a much different experience, including better chances to observe wildlife in the groves.
|The cars are tree-killers|
his National Park Service article for the details on the origin and distribution of the Sequoia trees).
Most trees die by toppling over, in the occasional violent windstorm, or because erosion has undercut part of their root system. The fallen trees take centuries to decay away, as the Fallen Giant in the picture above illustrates. It fell long before the grove was discovered by European settlers.
And if your plans this summer include Yosemite, try and visit the Mariposa grove before they shut it down. If you are too late, you can still hike to the smaller Tuolumne and Merced groves in the western part of Yosemite, or you can visit spectacular groves in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to the south, or Calaveras Big Tree State Park on Highway 4 to the north. There are a few other groves tucked away in the national forests that lie between the other parks.