Re-Published: Sequoia, Redwood – The Ancient Giants [14 Pics]

Sequoia, Redwood: Giant Sequoia trees, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National park, California

Sequoia, Redwood: Giant Sequoia trees
Giant Sequoia trees, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California


We published this article back on Sep. 20, 2010 but we love Sequoia so much we decided to re-publish it. Hope you enjoy.
California’s enormous giant sequoia is the world’s most massive tree and one of the oldest. These trees can grow to more than 250 feet tall (or 76 meters which is about as tall as a 25-story building), with a diameter at breast-height up to 30 feet (about 9 meters). Sequoia National Park’s General Sherman Tree is about 52,500 cubic feet (1,478 cubic meters), which is roughly equivalent to 21,800 150-pound (68 kg) humans!

Giant sequoias can live to be 3,000 years old; the oldest recorded specimen exceeded 3,500 years.

Sequoia, Redwood: Sequoias in the fog

Sequoia, Redwood: Sequoias in the fog
Sequoias in the fog at King’s Canyon National Park. May 24, 2008 (Sequoia, Redwood: CC Photo henryalien).

Sequoia, Redwood: Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia, Redwood: Moro Rock
Moro Rock is a the vista view point in Sequoia National Park, California, USA. It is located in the center of the park. A stairway is cut into the rock, so that visitors can hike to the top. The view from the rock is simply breathtaking. August 2007 (Sequoia, Redwood, Photo: Eero Siimson).

Sequoia, Redwood: Black Bear in bush in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia, Redwood: Sierra black bear
The Sierran black bear (Ursus americanus), are still living all over the Sierra Mountains. Much smaller than the grizzly, male black bears rarely reach 400 pounds (180 kg) females may grow to 250 (112.5 kg). Despite their name, black bears can be brown, cinnamon or blonde. Sequoia National Park, August 2007. (Sequoia, Redwood, Photo: Eero Siimson).

Sequoia, Redwood: Black Bear crossing path in Sequoia National Par

Sequoia, Redwood: Sierra black bear
Be still and don’t make a sound! Black bear crossing path in Sequoia National Park. August 2007. (Sequoia, Redwood, Photo: Eero Siimson).

Sequoia, Redwood: Driftwood washed up on the beach at La Push, Clallam County, Washington

Sequoia, Redwood: Redwood Driftwood
Driftwood washed up on the beach at La Push, Clallam County, Washington. June 15, 2010 (Sequoia, Redwood, Photo: Phillip Lachman).

Sequoia, Redwood: Driftwood, La Push First Beach sequoia tree

Sequoia, Redwood: Redwood Driftwood
Driftwood, La Push First Beach. Redwood or Sequoia? May 21, 2009. (Sequoia, Redwood, CC Photo bike4freedom2/ Charles).

Sequoia, Redwood: Giant Sequoias in Sequoia National Park, CA

Sequoia, Redwood: Giant Sequoias
Giant Sequoias. Sequoia National Park, August 2007, (Sequoia, Redwood, Photo: Eero Siimson).

Sequoia, Redwood: Gray Squirrel

Sequoia, Redwood: Gray Squirrel
Gray Squirrels are all over the Sequoia National Park living amoung the giant sequoias. Sequoia National Park, August 2007. (Sequoia, Redwood, Photo: Eero Siimson).

Sequoia, Redwood: Roots of a fallen Sequoia tree

Sequoia, Redwood: Sequoia roots
The roots of a fallen sequoia tree are spectacular. Surprisingly for a tree this size the roots are very shallow. Sequoia National Park, August 2007. (Sequoia, Redwood, Photo: Eero Siimson).

Sequoia, Redwood: The Tunnel Log

Sequoia, Redwood: The Tunnel Log Sequoia
The Tunnel Log is a fallen sequoia tree that was hollowed so that visitors can drive through it. Sequoia National Park, August 2007. (Sequoia, Redwood, Photo: Eero Siimson).

Sequoia, Redwood: Man in front of Giant tree Sequoia in Sequoia National Park, CA

Sequoia, Redwood: Sequoia and man
Man in front of Giant Sequoia tree. Sequoia National Park September 20, 2010 (Sequoia, Redwood, Photo: Veneranda DeLuca).

Sequoia, Redwood: The base of General Sherman, a true giant among the sequoias in the heart of the Sequoia National Park. The Worlds biggest tree.

Sequoia, Redwood: World’s largest Sequoia, General Sherman
The base of General Sherman, a true giant among the sequoias in the heart of the Sequoia National Park. The Worlds biggest tree. Sequioa National Park, August 2007. (Sequoia, Redwood, Photo: Eero Siimson).

Sequoia, Redwood: The Giant Sequoia General Sherman, the worlds largest tree, in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia, Redwood: World’s largest Sequoia, General Sherman
The Giant Sequoia General Sherman, the worlds largest tree (in volume), is the name of a Giant Sequoia, in Sequoia National Park, with a height of 83.8 metres (275 ft). As of 2002, the volume of its trunk measured about 1,487 cubic metres (52,513 cu ft). The tree is located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park, California. The tree is believed to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old. Sequioa National Park, August 2007. (Sequoia, Redwood, Photo: Eero Siimson).



  1. What can I say, WOW. I have seen many photos of the giant redwoods before, but they never fail to inspire awe. Visiting these forests is definitely on the list of things I hope to do during my lifetime. The closest I have ever been is a cross cut from a sequoia truck at the Museum of Natural History in New York.

    • my mother first took me when i was about 7yrs old. its trueley amazing! My dad and i were on a road trip one year and we slept in the car. but it was going to be easter the next day, he hid eggs all over the place in the forrest before i woke up. it was so fun. =)

    • Not really, for a number of reasons.
      1. A tree that size will take a long time to break down, even more so on a beach. The organisms that will eventually eat the tree don’t like salt water, they have evolved to thrive in a different enviroment.
      2. It propobly took a big storm to wash it up onto the beach, and it would take an even bigger to wash it away.
      3. Since the felling of such trees is prohibited (I hope it still is…), I belive it to be equally illegal to use one that has fallen by itself.
      4. And I would like to see (but not meet) the dog that can run away with that stick. 😉

      For the sake of people in the area I hope it will stay for a long time. It is a great sight to behold.

    • 6 & 7 are the same tree but it’s a very big tree and I’m sure it’s been on that beach for a LONG time…so I think the dates are very accurate.

    • not necessarily… it’s such a large tree that I doubt it would have washed away very quickly. Especially with what looks like a very weak tide.

  2. I love how the person in picture 7 puts the size of the tree in perspective. I really need to stop talking about making a visit Yosemite and actually do it. This motivated me 🙂

    • The giant sequoia isn’t at Yosemite so much as it’s(Gen. Sherman) in King’s Canyon (Sequoia) National Park. There are several different groves that you can stop at and take pics. Luckily the 2 parks are only a few hours apart so if you come down one summer you could take a couple of weeks and see several beautiful parks and lakes. I know I live in Fresno and go to these places all the time in both winter and summer and spring and fall. I recommend seeing them all seasons.

  3. Hi,great post. Informations are very useful and saved me a lot time which I have spend on something else instead of googling 🙂 Thanks and waiting for more posts like this one.

  4. Yes, pictures 6 & 7 are the same tree, and they are probably dated accurately. I was at First Beach July 2010 and the tree is still there, though the waves have move it higher on the beach.

    The labels are still COMPLETELY INACCURATE however. This tree is our local Red Cedars, which only live for 1,500 years. La Push, Washington is 900 miles away from the nearest native Sequoia.

  5. I grew up in a town called Arnold in the California Sierra’s and I actually lived no more than 5 miles from Big Trees State Park which is the home of a couple small groves of these amazing trees. I’ve been blessed to have grown up living among them, they truly are amazing.

  6. I went to that park last month . It is so beautiful.
    I live in Clovis Ca Is about 45 minutes drive from my house to the park
    The cost is $20 usd for car entry.
    I also recommend Yosemite park is is about 45 drive from Fresno Ca.

  7. OMG!!! Those trees are massive!!! I can’t imagine how old they are… just think if they could talk. They’ve probably seen so much…. and so little cause they’re trees in the middle of the forest. But imagine the forest fires they’ve lived through, the different people over the past thousands of years they’ve seen, the way the landscape has change?! Wow.

  8. Pictures 6&7 must have inaccurate dates because picture 6 says June 2010 and picture 7 says May 2009 but picture 6 was CLEARLY taken before picture 7… So either the dates are flip-flopped and/or inaccurate…

  9. My family and I vacation here every year and every time we go it gets more amazing. If you have never been here I strongly suggest going.

  10. Guy is completely correct. Pics 6 & 7 are not Sequoias but more likely a Red Cedar or a Sitka Spruce. It most likely wasted down the Hoh River and landed on the beach. While the Sequoia National Park offers some amazing views of big trees, the Hoh Rainforest (IMHO) is far more impressive. It is said that the rainforests of Olympic National Park have more biomass than any of the tropical rainforests.

    As far as the dates on pics 6 & 7 go, I believe they are correct. Pic 7 shows a clean log that just came out of the saltwater while pic 6 shows moss growth.

    • Also, there are two different kinds of sequoia. One is the “Coast Redwood” that grows along the coast ranges from California to Oregon. The other is the “Giant Sequoia” that grows in the Sierra Neveda. All of the living trees pictured are Giant Sequoias. Both trees are huge and amazing, but there is no way for a Giant Sequoia from the Sierra Nevada to get to the beach.

  11. redwood national forest, kings canyon and yosemite are amazing.. I can`t wait to go back. I was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks in california several years ago and actually went to yosemite twice. go if you can, it is worth every penny. I live in maryland, so it is hard to visit as much as I would like. hope to do more when I retire in a few years.

  12. I am happy people come see our trees here. If you can imagine, they are actually
    bigger than any photo can convey.
    Please remember that they are far more than just trees. Animals of all types call these
    trees their home also.
    The Redwood forest now comprises less than 2% of what existed 100 years ago.

  13. Your photographs are amazing! Reminds me of our visit out there six years ago. We’ve got to go back! Thanks for the reminder.

  14. The only immortal creatures on this planet. They never burn, live up to 4000 years and then resurrect. Makes you feel so small and worthless.

  15. Absolutely amazing. Never seen anything like it! Hope they’ll stay forever. Real beauties.

  16. Living amongst the redwoods of northern CA has opened my eyes. Some of the coolest things I’ve learned:
    -They are interdependent, weaving their root systems together both for support and sharing nutrients. There are even albino redwoods that could not exist otherwise.
    -They terraform their enviroment and create micro-climates. Thick channels in their bark create air currents that pull cool air up.
    -They probably live to be much older than the stated 3,000 years. When they are cut or break, they will sprout again from the same trunk often forming a ring of new sprouts along the diameter of the stump. It is the same plant/life, but impossible to tell the age!

    Some uncool things:
    -It is not illegal to cut oldgrowth… and it still regularly occurs. Forest defenders risk life, limb, and freedom to protect some of the oldest living beings on earth by setting up encampments on tree crowns, building chainsaw proof barricades at the bases, and building a support network to bring supplies to tree sitters.
    -The largest trees were cut down long before anyone started keeping track.
    – No limits other than national parks/preserves have been placed on cutting oldgrowth.

  17. This is pretty bad ass. i would recommend anyone interested to go to the forest in California. it was so amazing to be in nature and see something to magnificent. i have millions of pictures of them, i will return to the forest again.

  18. WOW! I just made a trip to the Sequoia National Forest recently…. its an amazing place. I wish I could have come out with as good of quality pictures as these tho…. and I didnt get to see General Sherman but I would climb the shit outta that tree!

  19. This is so bizzare! When I saw picture 7 I immediately recognized it. I have the exact same picture of the two islands, minus the tree. No big tree when we were there, but there were much bigger waves crashing ashore. We were in Seattle last July for a wedding. Spent a day on the Olympic peninsula. Beautiful place…especially when you come from Wyoming where things like trees are a premium. And the Hoh Rain Forest is Awesome! Gives me goose bumps thinking about it.

  20. I have been to both Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park and the pictures don’t say enough; the experience is breathtaking and awe-inspiring. It is a place I think everyone should visit! I went in April and it was great weather- not too cold but there was still snow around all the trees and made it THAT much more amazing.:)

  21. Wow, I only been their once while a youngest back in the 70’s and was so amazed on how hugh those trees were. I see its still a beautiful place.

  22. Simply breathtaking…. I can hardly remember my trip to that rock as a youngster… but this forest is beauty at it’s finest. I’m happy I’ve been there before.

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