The Largest Tree on Earth?

Sequoia National Park Travel Blog

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The impostor tree.
After checking into the Sequoia Motel, we drove to the park and headed to the visitor center. One of the biggest surprises for me was the sheer size of the park. We wanted to visit the General Sherman tree, which looked like it was really close on the park map. Despite the seemingly tiny distance, it ended up taking almost an hour to drive up to the tree. This was further complicated by the fact that much of the road was under construction, including a section where we had to wait at a 9 minute stoplight!

Fortunately, the drive up is incredibly scenic, so even the wait at the light wasn't frustrating. If it was LA people would have been honking their horns and swearing. In Sequoia, we just got out of our cars and admired the spectacular view from the hill.
The impostor tree on the left, the real General Sherman tree off in the distance.
The scenery and weather change dramatically as you get higher in altitude. One minute you are driving through dry grassy hills sparsely populated with small trees, and the next minute you round a curve, the temperature drops 10 degrees, and you are surrounded by the largest trees on earth.

After driving through the cool shade of the towering sequoias, we arrived at the General Sherman tree. We walked towards the crowd and saw a little sign describing the tree. Our first impressions of the tree were that it was big, but that it certainly wasn't THAT big. In fact, it looked like most of the other trees surrounding it, not even much larger. We snapped a few pictures then were about to take off when we realized that we were looking at the wrong tree! The sign we were looking at just said that "This is a good vantage point to see the General Sherman tree", but the tree the sign was next to was not in fact the Largest Tree on Earth.
Oh there it is!
The Largest Tree on Earth was in fact that enormous tree in the distance. I wonder how many other people have been confused by this sign, and come all the way to Sequoia only to take photos next to the wrong tree...or maybe we were just stupid :P

Anyway, we found the right Giant Tree, flanked by even bigger signs. It was pretty impressive, and the trunk alone was twice as massive as the trees surrounding it. Apparently, a branch broke off the tree a few years ago, and the branch alone was bigger than most normal trees. We took a few more photos then headed down the winding road back to the cabin.
HarleyRiderHaji says:
You did see that largest living thing on earth! What came to your mind?
Posted on: Apr 03, 2007
gypsygurl says:
Ohhhh.. I loveeee Sequoia...
Feel so much at peace there..
Love camping there.. especially taking almost an hour long drive to KINGS CANYON campground.

It is just so beautiful and pristine.
Wanna go back there now after reading your blog :)
Posted on: Mar 29, 2007
X_Drive says:
Yep, they are huge! Did they make you feel pretty insignificant? They do me.
Posted on: Mar 01, 2007
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The impostor tree.
The impostor tree.
The impostor tree on the left, the…
The impostor tree on the left, th…
Oh there it is!
Oh there it is!
The largest living thing on earth!
The largest living thing on earth!
(it was impossible to fit the whol…
(it was impossible to fit the who…
Top of the tree.
Top of the tree.
Driving back down...
Driving back down...
Rock covered with snow.
Rock covered with snow.
A fallen log.
A fallen log.
Fallen log with hole in it.
Fallen log with hole in it.
Sequoia National Park
photo by: mahoney