A visit to General Sherman Tree, Moro Rock, General Grant Tree and Kings Canyon
The General Sherman Tree is a big sequoia tree in the Giant Forest of the Sequoia National Park. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth. His height is almost 84 metres the estimated bole volume of 1,487 cubic metres and an estimated age of 2,300 – 2,700 years. Guess we will find out for sure when the tree dies one fine day and the rings can be counted.
The General Sherman Tree has a own page at the web site of the National Park Service.
Moro Rock is a dome-shaped granite monolith. To help one to make it to the top there is a 400 steps stairway that lead to the summit of Moro Rock.
Nice views from up there so it was well worth the few stairs. Great panoramic view of the high Sierra and canyons from up there. We where lucky as the air quality was quite good!
Not even after 6 hours walking in Bangkok i had feet like that – where is this dirt coming from???
The General Grant Tree in the Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree is the third largest tree in the world. In 1926 it was declared the “Nation’s Christmas Tree” – if you ask me – it does not look like one. The tree is about 1650 years old – not to bad! It is about 82 meters high and the circumference at ground is almost 33 meters. Here is a link to the official NPS site for the tree.
Big bad fire scar. For too long the Park Ranger did try to prevent natural fires. Since about 40 years they do allow natural fires again. That does clear the ground and opens the pine cones of the Sequoia trees.
There is a very interesting article on the official web site: Fire’s Role in a Sequoia Forest