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McKinley Grove is a stand of giant sequoia trees, the largest being over 230
feet tall. It is one of the many day use and camping areas that we have to
tend to in addition to Dinkey Creek.
These giant sequoias may be among the oldest living things on Earth. Some may be
3000 years old. They are found in 75 isolated groves at mid-elevations along the west
slope of the Sierra Nevada. Only four of these groves contain old growth trees this age.
The root system of a sequoia may affect from two to four acres of ground,
but is very shallow. High winds in winter are the major cause of death for
I did not carve this in the fallen tree, but just happened to walk right up to my
name, spelled the same way I do.
The bark can be 2-4 feet thick and mature trees produce 2000 cones
per year, each containing 200-300 seeds. The cones are tiny.