To bring those numbers to life, you really need to look at the photos. In the shot below, yours truly is standing in front of a fallen tree. I am 6'2", and not only can you see it towering over me, you can get a sense of its incredible girth. The other shots in the gallery show my size in comparison to a few additional trees. I just kept repeating to myself, "I can't believe how big these trees are." And every time I turned a corner, another would come into my vision, my head immediately tilting back to try to take it all in.
The pictures provide perspective, yet none will prepare you for a walk beneath and amongst these giant trees. In this sense, a good comparison would be the Grand Canyon. You can see as many photos as you want, but as soon as you see it in person, you begin to realize what a word-stuck writer like me was talking about.
Mariposa Grove is located at the southeast entrance to Yosemite National Park. During the summer months, there is a tram that will take you through the grove should you not be able to walk long distances. On foot, the bulk of the trees are within a 1-2 mile walk of the visitor center, many within the first mile. If it snows, the road into Mariposa Grove closes, so be prepared to put on snow shoes and hike in if you go during the winter months.
[Photos: Will McGough]