Yosemite Giant Sequoias
Yosemite Giant Sequoia Trees - Information
Giant Sequoia trees are the largest of a living things on the planet and a must-see on a Yosemite tour. Giant Sequoias are neither the tallest nor the widest trees alive, but they are by volume the biggest.
Yosemite Giant Sequoia Trees - History
Giant Sequoias grow along the Sierra Nevada mountain range at an elevation of about 6,000 ft. Giant Sequoias sprout only from seeds. Each year mature trees may produce 2,000 cones that collectively produce half a million seeds so small and light they look like oat flakes. Green, closed, and about the size of the hands at, cones by staying on the tree for over 20 years. After four or five years lichen growth sometimes shuts them so they cannot release their seeds. Flyers, the Douglas squirrel and larvae of a tiny one boring beetle all help the cone to release its seeds. Once that seeds have reached the ground it does not guarantee the beginning of the life of a new Giant Sequoia. The seed must land on fertile ground that is not covered by branches, leaves and other tree litter since the seed can only produce a temperature of 1 in. in length.
Yosemite Giant Sequoia Trees - More Info
Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains about 220 mi. east of San Francisco and Number of miles from the Nevada border. There are three Giant Sequoia Groves within Yosemite: Mariposa, Merced, and Tuolomne. The largest Giant Sequoia Grove is the Mariposa Grove with over 500 trees. Most Yosemite one-day tours do not visit the Giant Sequoias. The only regularly scheduled tours that visit both the Yosemite Valley and the Giant Sequoias are the Yosemite Van Tours that spend longer in the park (around five to six hours) than the Yosemite Bus or Yosemite Train tours.