Dean - 3rd Largest Tree in Atwell Mill Grove
Height: 235.80+ ft (71.87+ m) Elevation: 7,513 ft (2,290 m) GPS Latitude: 36.46995
Volume: 32,333 ft3 (916 m3) Creek: Atwell Creek GPS Longitude: -118.68276
Width: 20.30 ft (6.19 m) Grove: Atwell Mill Grove Discovery Date:
Age: Park: Sequoia NP Discovered By: Grace Alles

Notes: Dean is the 15th largest tree in Sequoia National Park and the 3rd largest tree in Atwell Mill Grove. In 1950, naturalist Wendell D. Flint named the tree for an early pioneer who had carved the name Dean on a charred area of the trunk. By 1983, the inscription was no longer discernable.

Nearby famous redwoods include Above Diamond Diamond Tunnel

Drive: Dean 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 36.46509 -118.67645, on the right/east side of the road just west of Atwell Creek and Atwell Mill Ranger Station.

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 spot, hike south 150 ft (46 m) along Mineral King Road to an abandoned dirt road on the right/west side of the road. Follow the dirt road north/uphill 0.3 mi (0.5 km) to a former cabin site near 36.46754 -118.67896. Using a GPS device, hike northwest/uphill 0.4 mi (0.6 km) off-trail to Dean.

Rating: Moderate One-Way Distance: 0.7 mi (1.1 km) Ascent: 1,150 ft (351 m)
Time: 1 hr Off-Trail: 0.7 mi (1.1 km) Descent: 36 ft (11 m)
Dean Tree Hike Map

View Dean Tree location in Google Maps

Photos: Pictures of Dean Tree taken from different sides

Dean Tree Dean Tree Dean Tree Dean Tree Dean Tree