Wawona And Mariposa Grove, Yosemite

California, United States
 (1 vote, 1 review)
Wawona is in the south western part of Yosemite National Park and is much less visited compared to the Valley. There are several highlights of this area including the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia which was protected by Galen Clark 150 years ago and is home to over 300 massive Sequoias, some of the largest and oldest trees in the world still alive today.

The Wawona Lodge and nearby meadow and golf course are also a favorite for the area. You can stay in the beautiful Wawona Lodge built in the late 1800s and dine in the restaurant at the lodge after a full day of hiking, riding, or swimming in the nearby rivers. No trip to Wawona is complete without a walk around the gorgeous Wawona Meadow along the 3.5 mile wawona meadow loop trail.

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Wawona Swinging Bridge
A short flat hike to the swinging bridge over a slow-moving river with perfect pools for swimming.
Easy
0.8 mi/
1.3 km
Wawona Meadow Loop
Take a relaxing stroll around a beautiful meadow with this easy 3.5-mile loop
Easy
3.5 mi/
5.6 km
Lower Chilnualna Fall
A short but steep hike up to the base of Chilnualna Fall in Yosemite National Park
Moderate
0.9 mi/
1.4 km
Mariposa Grove to Wawona Lodge
Take a closer look at the Wawona wilderness while escaping the crowds on this downhill hike in Yosemite National Park
Moderate
5.5 mi/
8.9 km
Chilnualna Falls
Hike this lesser-known trail to discover Chilnualna Falls with a wading pool and cascades waiting at the top.
Difficult
8.4 mi/
13.5 km
Guides
Mariposa Grove to Wawona Lodge
Mariposa Grove to Wawona Lodge
Yosemite National Park, California, United States
 
Moderate: 5.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Take a closer look at the Wawona wilderness while escaping the crowds on this downhill hike in Yosemite National Park
Wawona Meadow Loop
Wawona Meadow Loop
Yosemite National Park, California, United States
 
Easy: 3.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Take a relaxing stroll around a beautiful meadow with this easy 3.5-mile loop
Lower Chilnualna Fall
Lower Chilnualna Fall
Yosemite National Park, California, United States
 
Moderate: 0.9 miles, 1 hour or less
A short but steep hike up to the base of Chilnualna Fall in Yosemite National Park
Chilnualna Falls
Chilnualna Falls
Yosemite National Park, California, United States
 
Difficult: 8.4 miles, Full day
Hike this lesser-known trail to discover Chilnualna Falls with a wading pool and cascades waiting at the top.
Wawona Swinging Bridge
Wawona Swinging Bridge
Yosemite National Park, California, United States
 
Easy: 0.8 miles, 1-3 hours
A short flat hike to the swinging bridge over a slow-moving river with perfect pools for swimming.
Hikes in Wawona and Mariposa Grove
Hikes in Wawona and Mariposa Grove
Wawona, California, United States
A bundle of great hikes in the Wawona Section of Yosemite National Park: meadows, groves, rivers, and waterfalls
Community Trips
Lower Falls Photo
Monkeyflower? Photo
Mustang Clover Photo
Indian Pink Photo
Chilnualna Falls
by antonyw on Jun 12, 2010
North Wawona (historical), California, United States
10.0 miles
An overnighter along the beautiful Chilnualna Falls trail in Yosemite near Wawona. We left San Jose bright and early at 6am and arrived in Wawona around 9:30 including a 15 minute or so to pay our $20 for a week long pass. Next stop was the beautiful Wawona Hotel to meet the others and grab our wilderness permit at the wilderness center. We arrived early so went exploring around the hotel grounds and...
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Wawona Meadows Loop
by joost on Jan 01, 2008
Wawona, California, United States
3.9 miles
New year's hike with 3 generations of our family. Nice way to start 2008!
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Chilnualna Falls
by ariel122 on Aug 24, 2008
North Wawona (historical), California, United States
8.5 miles
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Chilnualna Falls
by MrHollister_com on Jun 02, 2008
Wawona, California, United States
fishing | 7.9 miles
Description of Chilnualna Falls:  Strenuous but very rewarding, this hike now ranks as my second favorite within Yosemite, right behind Spillway Lake.  The hike starts with a nice teaser a quarter mile in at the Lower Falls, which would be more than a sufficient view for those not able to make the entire hike.  But the real rewards come after enduring a long, partly shady trail that alternates between oak and pine ...
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Chilnualna Falls - Yosemite National Park
by Vaudesir on Jun 12, 2010
North Wawona (historical), California, United States
10.0 miles
We had a great time spending the weekend in this part of Yosemite. Chilnualna Falls is a great destination, either for a day hike, or for a simple backpacking trip like we did (thanks to Rebecca/Calipidder for organizing).This is early in the season and patches of snow were still present above the falls. With all the snow melting, the creek was really a raging river and while it made fishing almost impossible,...
Wawona Golf Course Photo
Wawona Golf Course Photo
Wawona Meadow Loop Trailhead Photo
Wawona Lodge Photo
Wawona Meadow Loop
by chris on Jul 28, 2010
Yosemite National Park, California, United States
4.1 miles
On our first day in Wawona the entire family went on the Wawona Meadow loop.  This is one of my favorite hikes in Wawona because it is so simple with stunning scenery throughout the hike, with glimpses of the Wawona Lodge every now and then through the trees.After we returned from the hike we made a beeline to the golf shop for lunch to refuel for our next activities.
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Long Meadow
by pcmasten on Aug 13, 2010
Fish Camp, California, United States
5.2 miles
The Long Meadow hike was about 5.2 miles (500 ft elevation change) easy hike.From Oakhurst, we took Hwy 41 to Jackson Rd (6S07) just befor the turnoff to Tenaya Lodge at Fish Camp. I recommend high clearance vehicles only on this one lane dirt road. The trail head is about 6.2 miles off Hwy 41 (about 1 mi after Big Sandy Campground). After crossing the stream (about 8" deep this time), go...
Swinging Bridge Photo
Swinging Bridge Photo
Swinging Bridge Photo
River Photo
Swinging Bridge and Swimming in the River
by chris on Jul 28, 2010
Yosemite National Park, California, United States
1.5 miles
To cool off in the afternoon we hiked to the swinging bridge and found a nice spot on the granite next to the river to put our stuff while we swam in the water.  The water was cold but very refreshing after a few hikes today and we stayed in until we could no longer feel out toes.
At Chilnualna Fall Photo
Chilnualna Fall Photo
At Chilnualna Fall Photo
At Chilnualna Fall Photo
Lower Chilnualna Fall
by chris on Jul 28, 2010
Yosemite National Park, California, United States
0.9 miles
A bunch of us went on a short hike to the base of Chilnualna Fall.  I had hiked to the top a number of years ago but this hike was much quicker.  After only about 10 minutes we were at a smaller waterfall with a pool near the base (but we didn't go swimming, we were leaving that for the pools near the swinging bridge.We then hiked up the trail further until...
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Mariposa Grove
by shadster on Dec 12, 2010
Yosemite National Park, California, United States
1.3 miles
this is the hike down Mariposa Grove Trail

Reviews
chris
Wawona is great! I can't believe so many people go straight to Yosemite Valley skipping right by this area. The lodge is beautiful and so relaxing, and there are not many meadows that can match up to the one in Wawona.

Mariposa Grove is always a treat as well, with the 200ft+ trees and trees over 2,000 years old. Last time I was here I hiked all of the trails in Mariposa Grove and even back to the Wawona Lodge. My feet were sore and I was overdue for lunch but it was a great experience. It's a hard place to beat!

Visited on Jul 28, 2010

by chris on Dec 16, 2010

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