Columbia
Height: 286.00+ ft (87.17+ m) Elevation: 6,463 ft (1,970 m) GPS Latitude: 37.51322
Volume: Creek: Big Creek GPS Longitude: -119.59981
Width: 16.40 ft (5.00 m) Grove: Mariposa Grove Discovery Date: 1857
Age: Park: Yosemite NP Discovered By: Galen Clark

Notes: Columbia, named to honor Columbia University, is the tallest tree in Yosemite National Park.

Drive: Columbia is 156 mi (251 km) east of San Francisco near the city of Oakhurst.

Northbound: From U.S. Interstate 5 North, transfer to California State Highway 41 North toward Kettleman City. Drive north 110 mi (161 km) on California State Highway 41 to Oakhurst.

Southbound: From U.S. Interstate 5 South in Sacramento, transfer to U.S. Highway 50 East toward South Lake Tahoe. Drive east 1.7 mi (2.7 km) on U.S. Highway 50 and transfer to California State Highway 99 South. Near Merced, transfer to California State Highway 140 East. Drive east 36 mi (58 km) on California State Highway 140 to Mariposa and transfer to California State Highway 49 East. Drive east 26 mi (42 km) on California State Highway 49 to Oakhurst and transfer to California State Highway 41 North.

From Oakhurst, drive north 17 mi (27 km) on California State Highway 41 to the southern entrance station of Yosemite National Park (entry fee required). Turn right onto Mariposa Grove Road, drive east 275 ft (84 m), and turn right into the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza parking lot.

Ride a free shuttle bus or hike east 2 mi (3 km) on Washburn Trail from the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza to the Mariposa Grove Arrival Area. Buses depart from the Welcome Plaza every 10 minutes from 8 AM to 8 PM May 15 through October 14 and from 8 AM to 5 PM March 15 through May 14 and October 15 through November 30. No shuttle service is available from December 1 through March 15. Limited parking is available at the Mariposa Grove Arrival Area in the lower grove whenever shuttle service is unavailable. Mariposa Grove Road remains closed to private vehicles (with a locked gate) from 30 minutes before shuttle service begins until 30 minutes before it ends each day to restrict access during shuttle operations.

Visit nps.gov/yose for updates and more information.

Hike: From the trailhead, hike northeast/uphill 0.15 mi (0.24 km) on Big Trees Loop Trail, past Fallen Monarch, to the junction with Grizzly Giant Loop Trail. Turn right at the trail junction and hike northeast/uphill 0.5 mi (0.8 km) on Grizzly Giant Loop Trail, past Bachelor and Three Graces and Grizzly Giant, to the junction with Mariposa Grove Trail. Veer right at the trail junction and hike north 2.1 mi (3.4 km) on Mariposa Grove Trail, past Faithful Couple, Clothespin, Mariposa, and American Legion to the junction with the Guardians Loop Trail. Turn right at the trail junction and hike south 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on Guardians Loop Trail, past Ohio and Haverford and Mariposa Grove Cabin, to Columbia which stands beside the trail on your right.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 2.8 mi (4.5 km) Ascent: 1,007 ft (307 m)
Time: 1 hr 25 min Off-Trail: 0.0 mi (0.0 km) Descent: 164 ft (50 m)
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Photos: Pictures of Columbia Tree taken from different sides

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