Big, freakin’ trees – Upper Mariposa Grove

Texas is always arguing that everything is bigger in Texas. Suck it, Texas. California has you beat by a mile.

Big freakin' tree

Seriously, these are big-ass trees. The kind that make you say Holy Sweet Baby Jesus when you see them.

I would sweat bullets in an ice storm living below these

I don’t know why I am writing a post about trees. Except they are huge.

100 feet up, the first branches.

The best place to see them in my opinion is Upper Mariposa Grove in Yosemite. Fair warning: the hike is hard, steep and long and it’s over 6500 feet in elevation so you’ll suck wind 100 feet into the hike. It’s the kind of hike that makes you question why you started in the first place. After the Grizzly Giant tree, you won’t see hardly anyone on the trail. Because it sucks to hike that steep a trail. Jean’s Pain rating: 7 out of 10 for steepness, lack of oxygen and the occasional old lady with a hiking stick who makes you look bad.

Troy hiding in a sequoia tree

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5 Responses to Big, freakin’ trees – Upper Mariposa Grove

  1. Jerry says:

    Okay — I want to be where you nor, not in sucky Texas! Brave, daunting hiker — and tremendous pictures. I love those trees.

    • Thanks Jerry. The trees are amazing. You should go there. Secret hint: you can pay to take a tram to the top and then hike down. It’s still brutal downhill, but less so than going up 3 miles and then back down 3 miles. People you see on the trail will never know you didn’t go all the way to the top and back and they will admire your dedicated to nature.

  2. ennospace says:

    Wow, it is so big and so tall!!! How old are these trees?

  3. bschooled says:

    I am obviously doing something wrong, yours is the third blog I’m subscribed to that I’m not getting update notifications for.

    I don’t know if that last sentence even makes sense, my mind is currently distracted by the size of that trunk. Holymofo!!!

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