Arm - World's Widest-Known Branch
Height: 228.00+ ft (69.49+ m) Elevation: 7,737 ft (2,358 m) GPS Latitude: 36.46826
Volume: Creek: Atwell Creek GPS Longitude: -118.68536
Width: 22.44 ft (6.84 m) Grove: Atwell Mill Grove Discovery Date: August 21, 1936
Age: Park: Sequoia NP Discovered By: H. N. Marion

Notes: Arm has the world's widest-known branch: diameter 9.96 ft (3.04 m). Photographer H. N. Marion discovered the tree in 1936 near the now-defunct Milk Ranch Trail between Oriole Lake and Atwell Mill. Naturalist Wendell D. Flint, who first visted the tree in 1975, named it Arm because he believed the large branch resembles a giant arm.

Arm is directly in the path of the May 3, 2106 total solar eclipse.

Nearby famous redwoods include Above Diamond Dean Diamond Tunnel

Drive: Arm 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 19 mi (31 km) on Mineral King Road, past Atwell Mill Ranger Station and Alles Cabin, and turn right into the Hockett Meadow and Paradise Trail parking lot, located at 36.46446 -118.66712, near the eastern end of Atwell Mill Campground.

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 narrow and winding. Oversized vehicles and trailers are not recommended.

Hike: GPS-assisted navigation is recommended for this hike. From the parking lot, hike west 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on Mineral King Road to the Paradise Ridge trailhead, located near 36.46496 -118.67098, on the right/north side of the road. From the trailhead, hike north 2.2 mi (3.5 km) on Paradise Ridge Trail to the trail exit point near 36.47606 -118.67356. Leave the trail here and hike northwest 310 ft (94 m) off-trail to Tunnel. Using a GPS device, hike southwest 1.0 mi (1.6 km) off-trail from Tunnel to Arm following the 7,800 ft (2,377 m) elevation contour line to bypass a large granite outcrop northeast of Arm. After visiting Arm, hike east/downhill 0.4 mi (0.6 km) off-trail, around the granite outcrop, to Dean.

Rating: Difficult One-Way Distance: 3.4 mi (5.5 km) Ascent: 1,250 ft (381 m)
Time: 2 hr Off-Trail: 1.0 mi (1.6 km) Descent: 75 ft (23 m)
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