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March 2, 2013
Before there were even automobiles, there were holes hacked through the center of California‘s giant sequoias. One of the first was the California Tunnel Tree, now part of the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. It’s been a magnet for tree-bisecting tourists since 1895.
The vague language of the plan, which refers to trees with holes hacked through them as “culturally modified,” made it sound as if the trail would stop short. You could see the walk-thru tree, but not actually walk through it. How cruel that would be!
If we could only route everyone through our giant trees rather than around them, maybe they’d be a lot healthier (Okay, we’re guessing at that). The plan is still in development — actual work is scheduled to start in Summer 2014 — and Yosemite is encouraging people to offer their suggestions. If you want the full big tree drive-thru experience, that’s still available elsewhere in California.
And, in case you’re concerned, Sue said that the California Tunnel Tree appears to be doing just fine.
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California Tunnel Tree
Yosemite National Park
- Mariposa Grove Rd, Fish Camp, CA
- From Oakhurst, drive north 15.5 miles on Hwy 41 (You'll enter Yosemite National Park along the way). Turn right onto Mariposa Grove Rd. Drive two miles until it ends; park in the lot. Walk about one mile, following the trail signs to the Tunnel Tree/Grizzly Giant.
- Road open April-Nov., tree open year-round.
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
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