George Bush
Height: 245.00+ ft (74.68+ m) Elevation: 5,761 ft (1,756 m) GPS Latitude: 36.14787
Volume: 16,600 ft3 (470 m3) Creek: Freeman Creek GPS Longitude: -118.50773
Width: Grove: Freeman Creek Grove Discovery Date:
Age: 2,500 y Park: Giant Sequoia NM Discovered By:

Notes: George Bush Tree was named to honor George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, who, on July 14, 1992 during a ceremony beside the tree, signed Proclamation 6457 to protect several groves of old-growth giant redwoods within Sequoia, Sierra, and Tahoe National Forests (which later became part of Giant Sequoia National Monument) for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

A sign near the tree reads, This giant sequoia tree is designated the George Bush Tree in celebration of the President's action at this site on July 14, 1992 to manage giant sequoia in perpetuity as unique objects of beauty and antiquity for the benefit and inspiration of all people.

Nine years later, on April 15, 2000, during a ceremony beside Proclamation Tree in Long Meadow Grove, President William J. Clinton signed Proclamation 7295 to establish Giant Sequoia National Monument.

A videographer published an aerial flyover of George Bush Tree.

Drive: George Bush is 244 mi (393 km) south 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 41 mi (66 km) on California State Route 190, past Camp Nelson, and continue straight onto County Road M107 (Great Western Divide Highway) past the intersection with Forest Service Road 21S50 (North Road). Drive south 10 mi (16 km) on County Road M107 (Great Western Divide Highway) and turn left onto Forest Service Road 22S02 (Last Chance Road). Drive east 4 mi (6 km) on Forest Service Road 22S02 (Last Chance Road) and turn left onto Forest Service Road 22S82 (Lloyd Meadow Road) toward Lloyd Meadow Trailhead. Drive north 17 mi (27 km) on Forest Service Road 22S82 (Lloyd Meadow Road) and turn left onto Forest Service Road 20S78 toward George Bush Tree. Drive west 1 mi (2 km) on Forest Service Road 20S78 to the parking lot at the end of the road.

Road Warning: Great Western Divide Highway (County Road M107) and Forest Service Roads 22S02 (Last Chance Road), 22S82 (Lloyd Meadow Road), and 20S78 are closed during winter. Depending on weather conditions, these roads are usually open from May through November.

Hike: From the trailhead at the western end of the parking lot, hike southwest 0.1 mi (0.3 km) on an unnamed trail to the junction with Bush Tree Trail loop. Turn left at the trail junction and hike south 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on Bush Tree Trail to George Bush Tree which stands beside the trail on your right.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 0.3 mi (0.5 km) Ascent: 61 ft (19 m)
Time: 5 min Off-Trail: 65 ft (20 m) Descent: 69 ft (21 m)
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