Grizzly Giant - 27th Largest Giant Redwood
Height: 209.00+ ft (63.70+ m) Elevation: 5,917 ft (1,804 m) GPS Latitude: 37.50360
Volume: 34,005 ft3 (963 m3) Creek: Big Creek GPS Longitude: -119.60075
Width: 25.40 ft (7.74 m) Grove: Mariposa Grove Discovery Date: 1857
Age: 1,800 y Park: Yosemite NP Discovered By: Galen Clark

Notes: Grizzly Giant, formerly known as Grizzled Giant, is the 27th largest giant redwood, the 2nd largest tree in Yosemite National Park, and the 2nd largest tree in Mariposa Grove. Publisher James M. Hutchings, at the suggestion of naturalist Galen Clark, named the tree Grizzled Giant in 1859. The tree was renamed Grizzly Giant sometime later.

The treetop leans from vertical 4.8 degrees (17.5 ft or 5.3 m) southward and 1.5 degrees (5.5 ft or 1.7 m) westward. In 1904, a California State Highway Commissioner recommended that cables be installed to support Grizzly Giant, but park officials ignored his recommendation, and the cables proved unnecessary.

Clark posed for a photograph at the base of Grizzly Giant in 1861. President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir posed for a photograph at the base of Grizzy Giant in 1903.

Drive: Grizzly Giant 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, to Grizzly Giant which stands beside the trail on your right.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 0.7 mi (1.0 km) Ascent: 385 ft (117 m)
Time: 20 min Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 92 ft (28 m)
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