Hanan · Kuwait · July 20, 2018
On the way down it's really interesting and easy, we saw a small deer walking peacefully by us. But on the way back it was really tiring and I had to take short breaks to make it up. If you are going try to only take liquids and stay hydrated.. If you can leave your backbags or other heavy things, do it.. Have fun
Hairy woodpeckers 1/2 way down
Mike S · NYS · January 16, 2018
If you are a birder this trail is probably a 5.
Deepayan Roy · Delhi, India · July 1, 2016
It was my first visit to Yosemite and I wanted to see these trees. In a few words I will say.. "bucket list..tick". I was short on time so did the round trip in less than 2 hours with about 20 mins at the grove. By the time I got back to the trailhead I was exhausted. It was quite hot in the afternoon so that also adds to the difficulty. I was not prepared for the sight, just majestic, just stood there for a few minutes. Along the way saw fallen trees which were immense so it gave an idea as to their size.
Fantastic trail. A must do.
Merced Grove hike
Topcatskin · Montgomery County, MD · September 20, 2013
If you are in above average shape this is a fast downhill hike -- 30 minutes to the Superintendent's former retreat cabin and 35 minutes back up. Trekking poles would have been appreciated heading back up to trailhead/parking lot. The trail is an old roadbed that is under a leafy canopy so plenty of shade. I liked the fact that one has physical access to the trees and that one can spend time in quiet contemplation due to limited number of other hikers (at least in sep13). This is really a walk in the park, great for young kids and elderly. The 4 stars is simply based on the beautiful giant sequoias, not the challenge/quality of the hike or the topography.
Fewer Trees, Fewer People
Deborah · Agoura Hills, CA · April 5, 2013
We tried to go to the larger Mariposa Grove on our way into the park and couldn't even get near the parking lot. The thought of pushing our way in with hundreds of people, trams, etc. was not appealing so we decided (on a different day) to head over to Merced Grove. There were much fewer trees and much fewer people ... we saw only a handful on our three mile round trip hike. It was very peaceful and pretty and we all enjoyed it. In fact, just the drive alone to get here is worth it!
It's not the most stunning, eye-popping hike in the area, but if you want to check out the giant trees without the giant crowds, it's totally worth it.
Visiting the Merced Grove
John Bartholomew · Westminster, California · February 4, 2012
It's a nice walk, well suited for families with young children. Much of the hike is on a wide, mostly level road. It can get dusty though. Bring plenty of water. There is a steeper descent to the grove, which you will need to climb on the way out, but take your time and enjoy things. Beware of falling cones from Sugar Pines if the wind is blowing. The grove is small but rewarding, but perhaps best experienced in the morning hours. Later on it gets more crowded, particularly during the summer. And be sure to visit the restroom before you start the hike. Too many folks have gone behind the trees rather than going off the trail and burying it. Bad scene and bad practice.
Overall, it is worth the trip.
Beautiful in the snow
Duncan · Marlborough, England · November 21, 2011
My wife and I hiked to the Merced Grove on Nov 20th in fresh snow. Even though it was mid-afternoon we were the first to make footprints! Very peaceful.