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Walking among the Giant Sequoias

To remember:

  • giant sequoias = world’s biggest trees begging to be climbed with perches to rest on.
  • trees over 2000 years old > have had generations of families & native Americans gather around them.
  • visiting Sequoia National Park + Kings Canyon = much more than just visiting the giant sequoia groves.
  • the worlds largest tree by volume = The General Sherman Tree.
  • view a reconstructed cabin originally built in 1872 by the Gamlin family.
  • most poignant part of the hike = viewing the Centennial Stump which was cut and a 16 foot section reconstructed for the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition.
  • the Twin Sisters = two trees fused together.
  • mighty South Fork of the Kings River = one of the most awe inspiring + powerful rivers
  • Zumwalt Meadow = Strewn boulders, rocky outcrops + rising granite all around
  • Grizzly Falls = thunderous wall of water + mist coming off of it = pretty spectacular.
  • Buena Vista Peak + Buena Vista Trail = incredible panoramic views from the summit.
  • Crescent Meadow =starting point for High Sierra Trail = route from Giant Forest to Mount Whitney = one of the most striking backcountry trails in the country.

 

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Have you walked among the giant sequoias? It’s always been a wish of mine, to wander among some of the world’s biggest trees. I’ve always admired big trees. I just moved into a house that is on a city park and my office windows face a soccer field that’s dotted with a few old growth trees. Trees with gnarled limbs and bark. Tree limbs that must span a hundred or more feet across. Trees that beg to be climbed with perches to rest on.

Seeing the sequoias has always been on my bucket list. I thought I would get up to Redwood National Forest actually first, but luck would have it that I found myself outside of LA.

While a lot of people save up vacation time or have enough to take a week and spend it inside a park, that’s not really what fits my life right now. I…

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The near-indestructible giant trees in danger

The miraculous story of the near-indestructible giant trees that millions of Americans tell their children is no longer true.

In America they may be proud of their giant trees, but the inhabitants of that great space of wonders are also helping to destroy what is given to them in loan.

By all the pollution man has created our environment is crying for help.

For the first time in recorded history, tiny bark beetles emboldened by the climate crisis have started to kill giant sequoia trees, according to a joint National Park Service and US Geological Survey study set to be published later this year. Twenty-eight have gone since 2014. The combination of drought stress and fire damage appears to make the largest sequoias susceptible to deadly insect infestations that they would usually withstand.

California’s great drought took already care that lovely trees were enormously damaged. One of the 28 great trees which could not keep up though optimistically named Lazarus, was standing with proud in the Giant Forest in Sequoia national park, surrounded by other sequoias and a handful of cedars and pines that died with it in California’s great drought.

When Dr Christy Brigham, who is responsible for the welfare of the ecosystems in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, saw Lazarus for the first time, all she could do was weep.

“This is a tree that has lived through 2,000 years of fires, other droughts, wet years, dry years, hot years, cold years. It’s been here longer than Europeans have been in this country and it’s dead. And it shouldn’t be dead.
This is not how giant sequoias die. It’s suppose to stand there for another 500 years with all its needles on it, this quirky, persistent, impressive, amazing thing, and then fall over. It’s not supposed to have all of its needles fall off from the top to the bottom and then stand there like that. That’s not how giant sequoias die,”

she says, standing next to the skeletal Lazarus as the occasional tourist wanders past.

2000 year old Lazarus in 2020 a dead monarch sequoia, standing surrounded by a handful of cedars and pines that died in California’s great drought

 

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‘This is not how sequoias die. It’s supposed to stand for another 500 years’

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