The Auto Log.

The Auto Log: Walk on Top of a Fallen Sequoia

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Sequoia National Park, California

The Auto Log was once a towering giant sequoia. It fell down in 1917. Because it landed right next to Crescent Meadow Road, park authorities decided to turn it into an instructive visitor attraction. A kind of parking space was gouged along the upturned side of the tree trunk, and visitors were encouraged to drive their cars off the road and onto the trunk as a way to convey the size of the big trees.

Nearly a century of rot, and countless thousands of cars, have been too much even for a giant sequoia, and the battered trunk is now off-limits to vehicles. But visitors can still walk the length of the former log roadway.

The Auto Log: Walk on Top of a Fallen Sequoia

Address:
Moro Rock-Crescent Meadow Rd, Sequoia National Park, CA
Directions:
Drive east on Hwy 198 into Sequoia National Park. The road becomes Generals Hwy. At Giant Forest Village turn southeast onto Crescent Meadow Rd. The Auto Log is about a mile in, next to the road.
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