While adventuring through California, I spent some time checking out the awesome Sequoia trees. These gigantic trees are native to the gorgeous state of California and can only be found in the Sierra Nevada at about 5,000-7,000 feet in elevation.
These incredible trees can live over 3,000 years reaching heights averaging 311 feet tall and 40 feet in diameter. In fact, Sequoia trees are the oldest living organism on earth. There’s something so magical about being in the presence of these friendly giants.
Thanks to their tough bark that can grow about three feet thick, Sequoias are resistant to disease and fire. However, fire breathes life in these forests. Sequoia pine cones release their seeds when a wildfire occurs and can withhold them up to 20 years waiting for one.
One great spot to go visit the Sequoia trees for yourself is at Sequoia National Park. Here you can find the world’s largest tree by volume, the Sherman tree.
This giant sequoia is roughly 2,200 years old and stretches an impressive 275 feet in height. The Sherman tree is said to weigh approximately 1,385 tons and have a circumference of 103 feet. This tree doesn’t get taller by the years, but it does still continue to grow wider.
Here you can also find one of the drive through tree tunnels that exist in California. This tree fell in 1937 at 21 feet wide and was cut with a 8 foot high tunnel to drive through. It’s quite possibly one of the most touristy things you can do out here, but I loved every second of it. ?
There are lots of trails you can explore throughout the park. You can also drive through most of it and pull over at different attractions or hikes. This park is well established, so it has pretty much everything you need, including no cell service ?.
Sequoia National Park is actually the nation’s second oldest park.
I spent my time adventuring through the Sequoia trees during my birthday week and got to camp in the beautiful summer weather. I couldn’t have dreamt up a more magical time. You can find more pictures and information from my trip on my blog.
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