Genesis - World's 10th Largest Tree
Height: 253.00+ ft (77.11+ m) Elevation: 6,635 ft (2,022 m) GPS Latitude: 36.21500
Volume: 41,897 ft3 (1,186 m3) Creek: Meadow Creek GPS Longitude: -118.66910
Width: 23.55 ft (7.18 m) Grove: Mountain Home Grove Discovery Date: 1887
Age: Park: Giant Sequoia NM Discovered By: William Moore
Harrison White

Notes: Genesis, also known as Dogwood Meadow Tree, is the world's 10th largest tree, the 9th largest giant redwood, the 3rd largest tree in Giant Sequoia National Monument, and the largest tree in Mountain Home Grove. Volume estimate includes main trunk only (excludes reiterated stems and branches). In 1985, Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest manager David Dulitz and coworkers, following the biblical theme used for naming other giant redwoods in the grove, named the tree Genesis after the first book of the Old Testament.

Drive: Genesis is 234 mi (377 km) southeast of San Francisco near the city of Porterville.

Northbound: From U.S. Interstate 5 North, transfer to California State Route 99 North. From California State Route 99 North just north of Bakersfield, transfer to California State Route 65 North toward Porterville. Near Porterville, transfer to California State Route 190 East.

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 Tipton, transfer to California State Route 190 East toward Porterville.

From Porterville, drive east 17 mi (27 km) on California State Route 190 toward Springville. Just past Springfield, turn left onto Balch Park Road toward Scicon, Balch Park, and Mountain Home State Forest. Drive north 3.4 mi (5.5 km) on Balch Park Road and turn right onto Bear Creek Road toward Scicon, Balch Park, and Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest. Drive east 15 mi (24 km) on Bear Creek Road, past Methuselah Group Campground, and veer right at the next fork in the road onto Summit Road toward Shake Camp Campground. Drive southeast 0.3 mi (0.5 km) on Summit Road to the point where the road turns sharply left/north. Leave Summit Road here and drive southeast 90 ft (27 m) on an unnamed and unpaved road. Veer left at the fork in the road onto Dogwood Meadow Road. Drive 0.6 mi (1.0 km) on Dogwood Meadow Road and veer right at the next fork in the road. Drive 0.3 mi (0.5 km), past an open space then past an exceptionally large tree (which isn't Genesis), to the parking spot, located at 36.21492 -118.67023, on the left/east side of the road.

Navigation System Warning: Many computer, smartphone, and car navigation systems instruct you to turn left/north onto Rancheria Fire Road (a gated, narrow, and unpaved road) from Bear Creek Road to get to Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest. Ignore those instructions and continue driving on Bear Creek Road instead. Those same navigation systems may also instruct you to bypass Bear Creek Road altogether and to take Balch Park Road to the northern entrance of Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest. Avoid that route from Springville because it adds more than 6 mi (10 km) and 30 min of driving one-way.

Hike: From the trailhead hike east 330 ft (101 m) on an unnamed trail to Genesis.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 330 ft (101 m) Ascent: 122 ft (37 m)
Time: 2 min Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 37 ft (11 m)
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