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About a week and a half ago, I received the current issue of National Geographic and saw that it has an article on the President, a magnificent sequoia tree in Giant Forest, Sequoia NP. According to the article, recent measurements moved the President from fourth largest to second largest tree on earth, and they got cores to date it - 3200 years old. I realized that I hadn't visited this tree in at least a year, so it was time to go back. Last Saturday I went up (by myself because all of my hiking friends had other commitments). I decided to make a long loop approach from Crescent Meadow in order to avoid the crowds on the main approach from the Sherman tree. On the way in I stopped at Moro Rock; here's looking back to the valley
Looking east from Moro Rock toward the Great Western Divide and the Kaweahs
I could see the peaks that I had climbed this year - to the NE is Alta Peak
And SE to Sawtooth Peak (far right)
From Moro Rock it is a short distance to Crescent Meadow. A couple pictures of typical views on the way in
I eventually got to some of my favorite trees. This is the Franklin tree. Since I didn't have anyone with me I couldn't have someone next to the trees for scale, so I put my pack in front of the tree. You can spot my pack next to the tree in most of the pictures of the trees.
Close to the Franklin tree is the Washington tree, which used to be the second largest tree until about seven or eight years ago, when the top half of the tree collapsed after a major fire. Now it is a 150' tall stump with a few small branches.
Close up of the Washington tree trunk
Not far from the Washington tree is the Lincoln tree