¨A tree so large you wood not believe¨
The Stagg Tree is the world´s sixth-largest tree by volume. It is located just outside the community of Sequoia Crest and can be accessed with a very short, family-friendly walk. The tree is dedicated to and named after Amos Alonzo Stagg.
Amos Stagg was a famous college football coach during the sport´s infancy. He was born in 1862 and lived to be a 102. The Stagg Tree was dedicated to him during his 99th year of life in 1960. The tree was, ¨discovered¨ in 1931 and is estimated to be over 3,000 years old.
The hike to the Stagg Tree starts at a signed gated drive. There is no formal trailhead, but there are several options for parking along the road, do not block the drive. The first couple tenths of a mile of the hike pass through private property, please obey the signs and respect the rights of the property owner. After a short stroll past some campers and structures, the trail enters the national forest. The trail is wide, well maintained, and family-friendly. Follow the arrows to the Stagg Tree. There is a bench and an informative sign at the Stagg Tree. Take a break, circumnavigate the base of the gigantic tree and marvel at its sheer size, while pondering the trees almost inconceivable age of 3,000 years. When finished, return the way you came. There are a few other giants along the trail and just off the trail that is worth a side trip on your way in, or out. A little research will help find the names and directions to these trees.
As mentioned above, the first portion of this, ¨hike¨ is on private property. Follow all posted rules to include the leashing of dogs and not parking in front of the property owner´s gate. Respect the rights of the property owner and don’t jeopardize future access.
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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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