Fallen Monarch
Height: 125.00+ ft (38.10+ m) Elevation: 6,360 ft (1,939 m) GPS Latitude: 36.74735
Volume: Creek: Big Tree Creek GPS Longitude: -118.97254
Width: Grove: General Grant Grove Discovery Date: 1868
Age: Park: Kings Canyon NP Discovered By: Israel Gamlin
Thomas Gamlin

Notes: Fallen Monarch, also known as Dead Monarch, is a giant redwood log which was hollowed out by fire before it fell more than 300 years ago. Cattlemen Israel and Thomas Gamlin, who lived within General Grant Grove from 1868 to 1878, used Fallen Monarch as a temporary shelter while they built Gamlin Pioneer Cabin nearby. Later, Fallen Monarch became a local hotel and saloon and, from 1890 to 1914, served as a stable for the United States Cavalry which patrolled General Grant National Park (now part of Kings Canyon National Park) after it was established on October 1, 1890.

Fallen Monarch should not to be confused with another Fallen Monarch in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park or Fallen Monarch in Nelder Grove in Sierra National Forest.

Nearby famous redwoods include Boole General Grant Hart Ishi Giant Robert E. Lee Roosevelt

Drive: Fallen Monarch is 204 mi (328 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 86 mi (138 m) on California State Route 198, past Four Guardsmen, and turn right onto California State Route 180 East toward General Grant Grove. Drive north 1.6 mi (2.6 km) on California State Route 180 and turn left onto an unnamed road 0.2 mi (0.3 km) past the Kings Canyon Visitor Center and General Grant Grove Cabins.

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 58 mi (93 km) on California State Route 180 toward General Grant Grove. Turn left onto an unnamed road 0.2 mi (0.3 km) past the Kings Canyon Visitor Center and General Grant Grove Cabins.

Drive west 0.8 mi (1.2 km) on the unnamed road to the General Grant Tree parking lot.

Hike: At the northern edge of the parking lot, turn right/northeast at the trailhead and hike east 230 ft (70 m), past Robert E. Lee, to Fallen Monarch.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 230 ft (70 m) Ascent: 10 ft (3 m)
Time: 1 min Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 0 ft (0 m)
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