Sequoia 'Tunnel Tree' Brought Down By Storm

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  1. obeygiant macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    totally cool

    A powerful winter storm in California has brought down an ancient tree, carved into a living tunnel more than a century ago.

    The "Pioneer Cabin Tree," a sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, saw horses and cars pass through it over the years. More recently, only hikers were allowed to walk through the massive tree.

    Over the weekend, a powerful winter storm slammed into California and Nevada, prompting flooding and mudslides in some regions. The Associated Press reports it might be the biggest storm to hit the region in more than a decade.

    On Sunday, a volunteer at the state park reported that Pioneer Cabin had not survived.

    "The storm was just too much for it," the Calaveras Big Tree Association wrote on Facebook.

    It's unclear exactly how old the tree was, but The Los Angeles Times reports that the trees in the state park are estimated to be more than 1,000 years old. Sequoias can live for more than 3,000 years.

    The iconic tree was one of just a few tunneled-through sequoias in California. The most famous was the Wawona Tree, in Yosemite National Park; it fell during a winter storm in 1969 at an estimated age of 2,100 years. The other remaining sequoia tunnels are dead or consist of logs on their side, the Forest Service says.


    I remember being amazed at the sheer size of it when I was a kid.
  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Ahh, yes, I read about this. Man it's been storming like crazy.

    Too bad, but all things must pass...
  3. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    For Southern California, this has been one heck of storm. Still going on and it is expected to go pretty much all week. We shall see.

    Very sad, I regret not being able to see. :(
  4. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I read this story, about the fall of the ancient sequoia tree during storms in California.

    Actually, I recall seeing pictures of those sequoias and reading about them when I was a kid, and having been awestruck at the sheer size and extraordinary age of the trees.

    Sad news.
  5. aaronvan Suspended


    Dec 21, 2011
    República Cascadia
    They pass a little faster when you carve a large hole though them.
  6. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Shocking, I know.

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