Sequoia – The Ancient Giants

Photo by Ken Biggs

Sequoia National Park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, the largest tree on Earth. These trees can grow to more than 250 feet tall (or 76 meters which is about as tall as a 25-story building), with a diameter at breast-height up to 30 feet (about 9 meters). Sequoia National Park’s General Sherman Tree is about 52,500 cubic feet (1,478 cubic meters), which is roughly equivalent to 21,800 150-pound (68 kg) humans! Giant sequoias can live to be 3,000 years old; the oldest recorded specimen exceeded 3,500 years.

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Driftwood washed up on the beach at La Push, Clallam County, Washington – (Photo: Phillip Lachman)

Driftwood, La Push First Beach – (Photo: bike4freedom2/ Charles)

Giant Sequoias. Sequoia National Park – (Photo: Eero Siimson)

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The roots of a fallen sequoia tree – (Photo: Eero Siimson)

The base of General Sherman – (Photo: Eero Siimson)

The Giant Sequoia General Sherman – (Photo: Eero Siimson)

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The Tunnel Log is a fallen sequoia tree that was hollowed so that visitors can drive through it – (Photo: Eero Siimson).

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