Grove Botanical Area is a small grove of Sequoia Trees with a picnic
area. It was first discovered by early explorers in 1869.
the grove was named the "General Washington Grove" by Frank Dusy, a
local pioneer. Later the name was changed to the "Dusy Grove"
his honor. In the early 1900's, Robert Marshal renamed it the
"McKinley Grove" in recognition of the 25th president of the United
States. The grove remained in the public domain until the
establishment of the Sierra Forest Reserve in 1893.
The giant sequoias in this grove have never been logged. The tallest tree towers over 230 feet. The largest diameter tree still standing in the grove is 19 feet 6.5 inches. The 100 acre grove contains 216 sequoias that have a diameter over 6 feet. These giants are among the oldest living things on the earth . . . some are estimated to be 2,000 years old. Today the Forest Service manages the grove as a special interest area for the protection and preservation of this rare and historical resource.
Giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum), are the world's largest trees, occuring in a narrow band of mixed conifer forest, between 5,000-8,000 ft. elevation on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada. Sequoias occur as far north as Placer County. All but eight small groves, one being McKinley Grove between Dinkey Creek and Wishon Reservoir, are in a 70 mile corridor between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. There are only 36,000 acres of sequoias in the world.
I visted McKinley Grove on an October evening in 2008. I had spent the day at Courtright Reservoir and was on my way home when I decided to stop and enjoy the giant redwood trees. A cloud bank had moved in and shrouded the sequoias in fog. It was late enough in the day that no one else was around -- I had the grove to myself. It was quiet, even eerie, as I walked among the ancient giants. Truly a rare photographic opportunity.
McKinley Grove on Google Maps
GPS Coordinates: N37 01.379 W119 06.485
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