Building Historic Connections: Washburn Trail – 2017

Restore the historic Washburn Trail to connect hikers to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite

The multiyear restoration project at Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias includes a new seasonal shuttle system to transport visitors from the park’s South Entrance arrival plaza to the grove’s tree-lined gateway. To establish an alternate route for those wishing to approach the sequoias on foot, this grant funded the initial steps to create a rustic two-mile pedestrian trail, leading from the South Entrance to a picnic area, then on to the trees. To create the trail, crews worked on converting remnants of the historic Washburn Road, which was built in 1879 as a stage-coach route from Wawona to the grove, and adding creek-crossing bridges.

Your contribution helped ensure that important chapter of Yosemite’s past can live on in a tranquil, well-crafted trail designed to help visitors enjoy the beauty of Mariposa Grove year-round.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park and California Conservation Corps.

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Project Notes
Mariposa Grove will welcome hikers on a restored historic trail.

Restoring this historic road for use as a trail will allow visitors to understand what it was like to travel this road back in 1879 when Henry Washburn’s consortium completed this railroad branch line.

Dave Kari
Facility Management, Roads & Trails
Yosemite National Park