Iconic Sequoia ‘Tunnel Tree’ Falls in Sunday’s Storm

10 Jan

Iconic Sequoia ‘Tunnel Tree’ Falls in Sunday’s Storm

We’re mourning another local legend this morning. The famous Pioneer Cabin Tree, a giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, fell during the weekend’s massive storm.


“The storm was just too much for it,” the Calaveras Big Trees Association posted on Facebook along with images of the fallen giant taken by park volunteer Jim Allday. Visitors to the park had walked through the tunnel as early as Sunday morning before the giant tree toppled that afternoon.

The Pioneer Cabin Tree has a 32-foot diameter, and was already a popular photo stop before the tunnel was carved into it. It is not known exactly how old the tree was, but other trees in the park are more than 1,200 years old.