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New trail to the big tree

Just South of Kings Canyon is Sequoia National Park, they are pretty much side by side of each other.  Since I was last here eight years ago, they have added a new trail to The General Sherman tree. The General is the largest tree in the world, in sheer volume (not the tallest, and not the oldest, just the biggest.)  You used to be able to drive up to a viewing area fairly close to the tree, but parking was always a problem close to the parks most popular attraction.  The new trailhead has a large parking area, and allows you to walk about  mile through the Sequoia forest to get there.  A ranger told me they put it in to force people to excercise! (actually, she said parking was the major issue)   While walking the trail, I accidentally left my new camera on a bench, but luckily it was still there when I ran back 10 minutes later after noticing it was missing!  Tyler found a large, football-sized sugar pine cone on the trail.

Large cobblestone "footprint" of the General Sherman
He wanted to keep it, but the ranger asked him to put it back.  What grows in the forest, stays in the forest!  

 As we got closer to the General Sherman tree, we noticed they had installed a large, cobblestone "footprint" of the tree, showing how big it actually is around the base.  While we were there, some jerk decided to ignore the signs advising people to stay on the trail, and hopped the fence to walk over to the big tree.  I was narrating to the camcorder at that time, and referred to him as an "idiot" on camera.  A friend of his happened to be standing next to me at the time, and took offense to me calling his buddy an idiot.  Too bad!  I took offense to him hopping the fence and tromping through the underbrush!  The root systems for these large trees are sensitive, and if everybody was allowed to walk on them, with the number of visitors they have, these big trees would die.

Largest tree in the world
I would like them to stick around so my son can bring his kids here someday!  When we got to the tree itself, the "idiot" and his friends hopped the fence again, to take pictures actually leaning up against the tree.  This time, a ranger yelled at them, and almost threw them out of the park, which would have served them right.  I have no respect for people who have no respect for nature!

The rangers were busy cutting up a large branch that had recently fallen off the tree and crushed part of the fence. The branch itself was bigger than most trees!  They left the pieces there to decompose where they fell, as nature intended, only removing the part thet crossed the trail. We waited our turn, then took a bunch of pictures in front of General Sherman.

Drive through tunnel tree
  A little farther down was an entire tree that had fallen years ago, and a tunnel was cut through it to continue the trail.  The tree itself was marred by a lot of names and initials that had been carved into it (more idiots!)  We walked around the loop, and returned to the parking lot.

Farther down the road, we came to a spot where a large tree that fell almost a hundred years ago...this used to be a "drive on" tree.   I remember taking a picture of my friend Lee driving his car onto this tree 8 years ago, but part of the tree has since collapsed, and is now blocked off.  Somebody probably tried to drive a big truck or SUV onto this old, rotting tree, and it just couldn't take it anymore.  The big drive through tunnel log is still there, though, and we had Dawn drive through it a few times while we took pictures.

Moro Rock. Over 400 steps to the top!
  Tyler climbed up on the log and wanted to jump down into the bed of the truck as Dawn drove under...NO mister, you are NOT doing that!!

Not far from the tunnel tree, there is a mountain called Moro Rock with steps carved into it, over 400 of them.  Ty and I went up,  Dawn begged off because of her bad knee.  Tyler, of course, raced way ahead of me to the top, while I huffed and puffed my way up the steps. Great views, and dizzying heights!  By the time we got down from there, the sun was starting to set.  Time to head out and find another campground!

jostravel says:
I love the tunnel log! I think it is great that they leave things alone as much as possible, and build a world around them. A shame about the idiots - unfortunately you get them everywhere.
Posted on: Apr 18, 2016
X_Drive says:
Glad you got to see our local wonders!
Posted on: Feb 09, 2007
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New trail to the big tree
New trail to the big tree
Large cobblestone footprint of t…
Large cobblestone "footprint" of …
Largest tree in the world
Largest tree in the world
Drive through tunnel tree
Drive through tunnel tree
Moro Rock. Over 400 steps to the t…
Moro Rock. Over 400 steps to the …
Kings Canyon blends right into Seq…
Kings Canyon blends right into Se…
Walking the General Sherman Trail
Walking the General Sherman Trail
Its about a mile
It's about a mile
I accidentally left my camera on t…
I accidentally left my camera on …
They had to cut some big trees tha…
They had to cut some big trees th…
they only removed the parts blocki…
they only removed the parts block…
They grow them big here!
They grow them big here!
Dawn and Ty are impressed
Dawn and Ty are impressed
Giant branch that fell across the …
Giant branch that fell across the…
giant log
giant log
cracked, fallen tree
cracked, fallen tree
Tunnel log along the trail
Tunnel log along the trail
There will be a drive through one …
There will be a drive through one…
The bark feels spongy
The bark feels spongy
this used to be a drive-on log, …
this used to be a "drive-on" log,…
Ty sits on the stump
Ty sits on the stump
Even fallen, these trees are still…
Even fallen, these trees are stil…
lightning warning at Moro Rock
lightning warning at Moro Rock
Start climbing!
Start climbing!
nice views on the way up, as well …
nice views on the way up, as well…
LONG walk to the top
LONG walk to the top
over 400 steps
over 400 steps
worth it, though
worth it, though
had some really narrow spots
had some really narrow spots
(huff) (puff) are we there yet?
(huff) (puff) are we there yet?
LONG way down!
LONG way down!
Not for one afraid of heights...Da…
Not for one afraid of heights...D…
great views
great views
Still climbing
Still climbing
STILL climbing!
STILL climbing!
Gotta duck through that notch!
Gotta duck through that notch!
I think this could be it!
I think this could be it!
FINALLY! The top!
FINALLY! The top!
Tyler beat me here by at least 15 …
Tyler beat me here by at least 15…
at the top
at the top
top of Moro Rock
top of Moro Rock
nice background mountains
nice background mountains
Tylers self-portrait!
Tyler's self-portrait!
a few others braved the hike up
a few others braved the hike up
well worth it
well worth it
Sequoia National Park
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