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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

Moro Rock-Crescent Meadow Rd, Sequoia National Park, CA
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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