We woke up from our very rustic beds at the John Muir Lodge and went on a hike to the General Grant tree.
It took around 20 minuets to get to the trail from the camp ground and hotel. The trial seemed like something out of a children’s fairy tale book, you could walk inside the Fallen Monarch, hide anywhere, there was a little cabin in the woods, you could let nature unfold in front of you. Thankfully there were no wolves looking for grandmas house.
The trail starts with the Lincoln Tree, named after the President Abraham Lincoln. This is because the President relied on General Grant in the Civil War.
A little further up the trail we came across The Fallen Monarch.
The Fallen Monarch is a Sequoia that fell a long time ago, but is so big it’s about the size of a school bus covered in bark, even though it’s still rotting today. These guys stick around for a long time, even after death.
The biggest tree’s are referred to as Monarchs, and it easy to see why; they’re powerful and majestic. Back in 1876 just the outer shell was placed in an exhibit in Philadelphia, nobody wanted to believe that it was real and so it was dubbed the ‘California Hoax’.
General Grant (like General Sherman) fall’s into the Monarch category. It was called ‘The Nation’s Christmas Tree’ by President Calvin Coolidge and every year since 1926 there has been Christmas celebrations around the base.
All throughout the trail you can see huge fire scars on the tree’s, forest fires help the Sequoias grow, and grow strong. In fact, the National Park sometimes carry out controlled forest fires to help them.
The path lead to a small clearing where there was a log cabin. This cabin had been around since 1872 and was apparently built using just one log from a giant Sequoia. In the 140+ years of the cabins life, it has been taken apart and moved to three different locations.
It was home to two men whom filed timber claim to 160 acres of the woodland, they then moved when the forest became property of the National Park in 1890, and was then a storehouse for the US Cavalry and they patrolled the park until 1913. After that the cabin became home to the first park ranger stationed in Grant Grove.
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