Above Diamond - World's 29th Largest Tree
Height: 242.40+ ft (73.88+ m) Elevation: 7,480 ft (2,280 m) GPS Latitude: 36.46477
Volume: 34,706 ft3 (983 m3) Creek: Redwood Creek GPS Longitude: -118.69341
Width: 17.83 ft (5.43 m) Grove: Atwell Mill Grove Discovery Date: 1986
Age: Park: Sequoia NP Discovered By: Wendell D. Flint
Jerry Latham
Michael W. Law

Notes: Above Diamond, also known as AD, is the world's 29th largest tree, the 25th largest giant redwood, the 12th largest tree in Sequoia National Park, and the 2nd largest tree in Atwell Mill Grove. Naturalists Wendell D. Flint, Jerry Latham, and Michael M. Law named the tree Above Diamond because it grows uphill from (above) Diamond.

Nearby famous redwoods include Dean Diamond Tunnel

Drive: Above Diamond is 225 mi (362 km) southeast of San Francisco near the community of Three Rivers.

Northbound: From U.S. Interstate 5 North, transfer to California State Route 99 North toward Bakersfield. Drive north 97 mi (156 km) on California State Route 99 and transfer to California State Route 198 East toward Visalia.

Southbound: From U.S. Interstate 5 South in Sacramento, transfer to U.S. Highway 50 East toward South Lake Tahoe. Drive east 1.7 mi (2.7 km) on U.S. Highway 50 and transfer to California State Highway 99 South. Drive south 201 mi (323 km) on California State Highway 99 South and transfer to California State Route 198 East toward Visalia.

Drive east 38 mi (61 km) on California State Route 198, past Visalia and Three Rivers, and turn right onto Mineral King Road. Drive east 18 mi (29 km) on Mineral King Road to the parking spot, located at 36.45617 -118.68837, on the left/north side of the road.

Road Warning: Mineral King Road is closed (with a locked gate) during winter. Depending on weather conditions, Mineral King Road is usually open from the Wednesday before Memorial Day through the last Wednesday in October. Though paved to Silver City, Mineral King Road is extremely narrow and winding. Oversized vehicles and trailers are not recommended.

Hike: GPS-assisted navigation is recommended for this hike. From the parking spot, follow an abandoned dirt road uphill 0.5 mi (0.8 km) toward the former site of Camp Conifer. Using a GPS device, hike northwest 0.6 mi (1.0 km) off-trail, over the ridge which separates the Atwell Creek and Redwood Creek watersheds, to Above Diamond. After visiting Above Diamond, hike southwest/downhill 0.3 mi (0.5 km) off-trail to Diamond.

Rating: Difficult One-Way Distance: 1.1 mi (1.8 km) Ascent: 1,262 ft (385 m)
Time: 2 hr Off-Trail: 1.1 mi (1.8 km) Descent: 151 ft (46 m)
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