A giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, known as the Pioneer Cabin Tree, has fallen due to severe winter weather. It was believed to be hundreds of years old, was tunneled through in the 1880s, providing thousands of tourists with epic photos.
According to the LA Times:
The giant sequoias in the state park — the tallest of which is 250 feet — are estimated to be more than 1,000 years old.
“This iconic and still living tree — the tunnel tree — enchanted many visitors. The storm was just too much for it,” the Calaveras Big Trees Assn. said on its Facebook page.
The Calaveras Big Trees State Park is located northeast of Angels Camp.
John Muir, the famous naturalist, once described the forest that is protected by Calaveras Big Trees State Park: “A flowering glade in the very heart of the woods, forming a fine center for the student, and a delicious resting place for the weary.”