Long Meadow Grove
Long Meadow Grove, also known as Redwood Meadow Grove, is a giant sequoia grove located within Sequoia National Forest approximately 3.25 mi (5.23 km) west of Johnsondale, California. The grove is part of the southern section of Giant Sequoia National Monument and is administered by the U.S. Forest Service.
Long Meadow Grove is located primarily on the west side of Great Western Divide Highway (M 107), directly across the road from Redwood Meadow Campground. The grove is relatively flat and easily accessible from the main road. It is best to visit in the summer when the road is open, or in the winter when accessible only by skis or snowmobile. A small vehicle fee is charged to help maintain and improve facilities at the grove, the most recent of which was the construction of a wooden boardwalk that was completed in 2018.
The grove itself is about 340 acres (1.4 km2) large with giant sequoias found on considerably less acreage. Despite this, the grove is home to approximately 125 giant sequoias greater than 10 ft (3.0 m) in diameter and 1 giant sequoia greater than 20 ft (6.1 m) in diameter. A 1.3 mi (2.1 km) long interpretative trail called the Trail of 100 Giants that winds through the densest collection of old-growth giant sequoias found at the grove. A long grassy meadow bisects the grove.
On September 30, 2011, a pair of intertwined giant sequoias collapsed across the northernmost section of the main loop trail. Later, during the winter of 2018/19, another giant sequoia fell across the first two from the southwest, destroying part of the newly constructed boardwalk. The cause of both events was determined to have been caused by heavy soil saturation during the unseasonably we winters of 2010/2011 and 2018/19.
There are several noteworthy sequoias in this grove, including:
- Cedoia: a giant sequoia and a cedar tree growing together as one.
- Fallen Giant: a fallen giant sequoia that is slowly being reclaimed by the surrounding forest.
- Proclamation Tree: the tree under which then president Bill Clinton proclaimed the establishment of the Giant Sequoia National Monument on April 15, 2000.
- The Sentinels: a close circle of five giant sequoias growing together.
- Red Chief: the 40th or 41st largest giant sequoia in the world with a volume of 28,723 cubic feet (813.3 m3). Red Chief stands out given the three horn-like branches protruding from its crown.
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