The exposed ancient roots of a giant sequoia tree.
Calaveras Big Trees State Park is located at the mid-elevation level of the western Sierra Nevada three miles north of Arnold off Highway 4. Although a mixed conifer forest, the giant sequoias dominate the ponderosa pines, sugar pines, incense cedars and white fir.
Some of the giant sequoias are thought to be as old as 2,000 years. They can reach a height of 325 feet and a diameter of 33 feet. These are the largest trees we've ever seen. The giant sequoias and the California (coast) redwoods are enormous trees that exist primarily in Northern California, Oregon and Washington. While they have similar characteristics, they are different species. This state park is a must see if you are in Northern California.
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