on March 1, 2010
The Mariposa Grove in Yosemite contain enormous sequioa trees probably considered the largest living things in the world. These Giant Sequioas could grow to about an average of 200 feet in height and about 8 feet in diameter and some are more than 2000 years old! Walking under these massive beings is truly a humbling experience.Park ranger tours along the park trails are always pleasure to listen to. One of the most interesting information about the trees that stayed with me is how these giant sequioas are resistant to decay so they can stay for years even after falling down. You can see evidence of these fallen giants all throughout the grove. Another great fact about these trees is how they are very brittle so that when they are cut down, they would break and shatter when they fall. This does not make them very attractive to loggers which is wonderful for their preservation.Among the famous of these enormous trees include the Grizzly Giant, thought to be the oldest and one of the biggest in the grove. There is also the famous Tunnel Tree where a tunnel was cut through it to allow passing through the tree.Parking is limited in the grove especially in the crowded summer months. It would be best to take the free shuttle from the valley to get here to save yourself the trouble.
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