Auto Log
Height: 245.00 ft (74.68 m) Elevation: 6,510 ft (1,984 m) GPS Latitude: 36.55458
Volume: River: Sequoia Creek GPS Longitude: -118.76950
Width: 21.00 ft (6.40 m) Grove: Giant Forest Discovery Date: February 1917
Age: 2,750 y Park: Sequoia NP Discovered By:

Notes: After this previously-unnamed giant redwood fell beside Crescent Meadow Road in February 1917, Sequoia National Park superintendent Walter Fry authorized construction of a trestle, replaced with a driveway a year later, which enabled horse-drawn carriages and automobiles to drive atop the fallen trunk. Auto Log has been a popular tourist attraction ever since. Although Auto Log can no longer support the weight of vehicles, park visitors may still walk the length of the rotten trunk.

Drive: Auto Log is 218 mi (351 km) southeast of San Francisco near Fresno.

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. Drive east 57 mi (92 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway), past Four Guardsmen, and turn right onto Crescent Meadow Road.

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. Near Fresno, transfer to California State Route 180 East. Drive east 56 mi (90 km) on California State Route 180, and turn right onto California State Route 198 West. Drive south 29 mi (47 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) and turn left onto Crescent Meadow Road.

Drive southeast 0.8 mi (1.3 km) on Crescent Meadow Road and turn left into the Auto Log parking lot.

Road Warning: Crescent Meadow Road is open from late May to early November depending on snow levels. During summer (late May to early September) Sequoia Shuttle bus operations, Crescent Meadow Road is closed to private vehicles on weekends and holidays from 9:00 AM through late afternoon. When Crescent Meadow Road is closed, park in the lot near Giant Forest Museum and walk Crescent Meadow Road to Auto Log or take the free Sequoia Shuttle (Gray Route 2) from Giant Forest Museum to the Moro Rock parking lot and hike from there to Auto Log.

Hike: From the parking lot, hike west 30 ft (9 m) to Auto Log.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 30 ft (9 m) Ascent: 3 ft (1 m)
Time: 15 sec Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 9 ft (3 m)
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