Burgeon - Fastest-Growing Giant Redwood
Height: 285.27+ ft (86.95+ m) Elevation: 6,919 ft (2,109 m) GPS Latitude: 36.56305
Volume: 25,533 ft3 (723 m3) Creek: Crescent Creek GPS Longitude: -118.73869
Width: 20.08 ft (6.12 m) Grove: Giant Forest Discovery Date:
Age: 1,869 y Park: Sequoia NP Discovered By: Stephen C. Sillett

Notes: Burgeon is 22nd largest tree in Sequoia National Park, the 14 the largest tree in Giant Forest, and the fastest-growing giant redwood yet measured. The tree gained an average of 1,349 lb/y (612 kg/y) aboveground biomass each year during a recent decade. The crown contains nearly one-and-a-half billion leaves and ninety-three thousand cones.

Drive: Burgeon 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 2.5 mi (4.0 km) on Crescent Meadow Road, past Auto Log and Tunnel Log, to the Crescent Meadow 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 or take the free Sequoia Shuttle (Gray Route 2) from Giant Forest Museum to the Crescent Meadow parking lot.

Hike: GPS-assisted navigation is recommended for this hike. From the parking lot, hike east to the trailhead. Turn right at the trailhead and hike southeast 0.1 mi (0.2 km) to the junction with High Sierra Trail. Veer left/north at the trail junction and hike north 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on Crescent Meadow Loop Trail to the junction with Tharp's Log Trail. Veer right at the trail junction and hike north 0.5 mi (0.8 km) on Tharp's Log Trail to a fork in the trail just past Tharp's Log. Turn right at the trail fork and hike east 0.1 mi (0.2 km) to a small bridge over Crescent Creek. Leave the trail here and, using a GPS device, hike northeast 0.15 mi (0.24 km) off-trail, along the east side of Crescent Creek, to Burgeon.

Rating: Moderate One-Way Distance: 1.1 mi (1.8 km) Ascent: 369 ft (112 m)
Time: 30 min Off-Trail: 0.15 mi (0.24 km) Descent: 144 ft (44 m)
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