The Giant Redwoods of California

March 12, 2018

Stepping into this forest and you feel as if you’ve been shrunk.

There are many places to see the giant redwood trees. After driving the Tioga Pass, we stopped off at Tuolumne Meadows, which was broadly on route to where we were heading, Yosemite Valley.

The weeks before our visit the area had been engulfed in a forest fire. Fortunately, this was now over, and Tuolumne Meadows was open again, though the place smelt of burnt wood and evidence of the fire was all around.

This burnt trunk was due to a very recent forest fire.

As we learnt, forest fires are part of the natural cycle within this region, and many of the trees rely on regular fires to keep them healthy. Rangers will even set areas alight as managed fires in order to encorage re-growth.

Hard to get the scale of these Giant Sequoia trees in this photo

The Giant Sequoia trees are immense.

A tunnel through a tree

Gnarly roots on this overturned Sequoia

Despite the recent forest fire, wildlife was still abundant.

Wildlife still abundant. Snapped this surprised deer in the forest.


The chipmunks were great to watch.

Next stop: Yosemite Valley.


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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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  1. Looking forward to hearing about the San Francisco leg of your trip!

  2. And where did you go after the Giant Redwoods?!!

  3. I would love to see these magnificent giants one day. Thanks for the post.

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