As the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite will be closing in the near future, this will be the second best place to see the giant sequoia. It’s a little confusing to get there and does require some walking but its well worth the effort. Be sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera! One of the Sierras’ hidden jewels.
Nelder Grove is worth a stop. The loop trail passes not only sequoia, but a variety of other trees and flowering plants. The view is amazing. There is a one mile trail that is easy for any fitness level. There is a restroom facility on site and lots of peace and quiet! It is highly recommend making the trip here you won’t be disappointed! The weather was also perfect.
This is a wonderful peaceful place to be in the shadow of the Giant Sequoias without travelling into Yosemite. The road there is a pleasant wooded drive, but takes your time as it’s not paved all the way. There are several loops in the trail so you can shorten or lengthen your walk.
Nelder Grove is a grove of Sequoia trees in Madera County north of Oakhurst and before the entrance to Yosemite. To get there from Highway 41 take the Sierra Ski Ranch road 632 for several miles. When you turn off that main road you will be on a gravel road for maybe 3 miles. You then want to go to the Shadow of the Giants trail which is about a one hour loop walking trail. It is very well marked having plaques giving a lot of good information not only about the Sequoias but also other varieties of trees, etc. it is not a strenuous trail and quite enjoyable.
The trail is easy and level, the trees phenomenal. If you want to escape the crowds and have a leisurely stroll, this is the place to be. An additional bonus is the frequency of little signs telling you all about what you are seeing and what has happened to the sequoias. There is a little trail round the grove with excellent information boards. Take goose shoes and water and just enjoy the tranquility.
Once there, the trails are all of reasonable grade. Trees are nice, though not as numerous as other more popular groves. The big benefit of Nelder Grove is its quietness.
This secret place to see a Giant Sequoia Grove and the Bull Buck Tree 5th largest Sequoia is on the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway just outside of Oakhurst. It’s outside of Yosemite off Highway 41. It’s un-crowded and amazing! It’s a must see if you’re in the area and a very special place for my family to go and sight see in our backyard!
If you would like to feel like you just dropped into a fantasy movie set like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter than you need to visit Nelder Grove. It’s hard to imagine this really does exist. It’s full of switchbacks and not for the faint of heart but if you’re here for Yosemite gets used to it. Get a map and directions from the visitor’s center and even then you might not be sure you are going the right way but it’s worth the drive. You will never believe it unless you see it for yourself.
This is a hidden treasure in the Sierra National Forest. Don’t miss the one mile easy hike through the giant Sequoia Grove and the walk to the 5th largest tree in the world. If you like quiet and away from the crowds in Yosemite, Nelder Grove is the place to go.
Beautiful scenery, no crowds, no garbage, peace and quiet in an extraordinary setting. This is the place to go if you really want to experience the Giant Sequoias like they should be experienced.
While visiting Yosemite stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and get rooms at very affordable rates.