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If you ever stood beside the ocean and felt small, the Tunnel Tree on Crescent Meadow road in the Sequoia National Park will also give you a fresh perspective on how small even the tallest of humankind is. This is the only place where you can drive through a tree left in the US.
We lost another tunnel tree -- the Wawona Tree in Yosemite back in 1969 in a storm and appropriayely we've evolved enough to understand that we shouldn't deliberately cut a giant sequoia tree just as a tourist attraction. Part of the intrigue of the Tunnel Tree is that it falling across the road by a natural event, not by man's folly.
Somewhere in the Giant Forest there's a little kingdom of very small tourists and everyone who goes there is very very small -- Are they elves and fairies? -- Well no. -- They are just visitors to the Giant Forest where sequoia trees average 150-280 feet tall and some are even known to grow to over 300 feet tall.
Be sure to take time on the well marked trails to take in the kesser known sequoia trees, the meadow, the wildlife, and flora. sequoia national park accommodation guide
John Muir said it best - writing that the giant sequoia tree groves are "not like places, they are like haunts." General Grant Grove is the haunt of truly giant trees like no others.
The General Grant tree is the largest tree in the world by volume, but at the same time the 2nd largest tree in the world - simply because the General Sherman tree is the world's largest tree (being only sligthly larger). Not to be outdone, the General Sherman tree is also the nation's Christmas tree!
It can be found in the General Grant Grove in the Western portion of Kings Canyon National Park (sister national park to Sequoia National Park).
Going to meet General Sherman, you'll try and try to see the top before you finally accept the fact that the closest you'll get is a might be going blind blurry view of branches 275 feet above you.
The tree is well worth the walk by either of the two trails to it, where you'll find amble exhibits along your way that will teach you so much about the giant sequoias. Be aware tho, that the walk back is uphill so take your time and just enjoy a leisurely stroll.
However, there is also a wheelchair accessible trail fot those with placards.
Grizzly Falls - Sequoia National Park's most photographed waterfall, will never look the same each time you are lucky enough to see it,, Depending upon the year and the time of the year and the weather -- it can flow from gentle to a roar.
They say that springtime is the best time to visit this 75 foot tall waterfall wonder - where you can even see it from the Kings Canyon Byway long before you arrive.
In the Big Stump Basin inside the Sequoia National Park you'll find the Mark Twain Stump where you'll have to traverse eight giant steps up to even walk upon it. Known for his talent for exaggeration Mark Twain would be honored for it being no exaggeration this is one really really big tree stump.
While 127 years have passed since this once grand sequoia tree was felled in 1891 -- the stump is a testament to man's greed and failure to comprehend the rarity of these trees who in nature grow nowhere else in the world.