Giant Sequoia’s Pt. 1 – General Grant Tree

After hurting myself hiking up that amazing canyon, I still had five days of camping and hikes in the Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Park. On the way out of Kings Canyon, I stopped at the General Grant Grove.

The lodge was not impressive, but this sign kinda was

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Some big trees on the way into the grove

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For perspective, these are the same trees

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This one had a neighbor that fell down a while back, fertilizing the soil

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The bigger ones take much longer to decompose, this one has been down for decades

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A middle-aged sequoia in all its glory

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This pair have been growing together for ages

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Another pairing

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I didn’t get a good shot of the stump, but you get the idea

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Apparently this cabin housed the first ranger who protected this grove

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So well-built that everything seems pretty solid 200 years later (maybe only 150)

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This one had a rare clearing around it, with some younger ones in the background with the pointy tops

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They round out as they age after the first few hundred years

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Although not the tallest trees, who’s honor goes to their coastal cousins, they are quite impressive

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The bark lends to their name and protects them from insects, fungus and fire

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But sometimes the flames take them down and hollow them out

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This one had fire all the way up in the canopy but still survives, its twin did not make it and was hollowed out

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The tops get hit by lightning and die off in places

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They get all gnarled and twisted

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And here he is, the champion in width for sequoia’s (well, third largest)

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From top to bottom

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It was over 32 feet across and 1,650 years old

Fun little walk around the grove, not very much area-wise though. For that, the groves further south were stupefying. But first, a stopover at the Big Meadow in bear country on the next post.

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One Response to Giant Sequoia’s Pt. 1 – General Grant Tree

  1. Mary says:

    Wow, amazing photos but more amazing, the trees!

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