President - World's 2nd Largest Tree
Height: 246.62+ ft (75.17+ m) Elevation: 7,040 ft (2,146 m) GPS Latitude: 36.57341
Volume: 53,272 ft3 (1,509 m3) Creek: Little Deer Creek GPS Longitude: -118.75010
Width: 25.54 ft (7.78 m) Grove: Giant Forest Discovery Date:
Age: 3,240 y Park: Sequoia NP Discovered By:

Notes: President, also known as Warren Harding Tree, is the world's 2nd largest tree, the 2nd largest giant redwood, the 2nd largest tree in Sequoia National Park, the 2nd largest tree in Giant Forest, and the oldest living redwood. Volume estimate includes reiterated stems and branches. Excluding reiterations and branches, President is the world's 3rd largest tree.

On August 10, 1923, Sequoia National Park superintendent Colonel John R. White dedicated the tree to honor Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States, who had died eight days earlier. During the dedication, Colonel White declared that the colossal redwood will grow stronger and greater and will stand as a monument to our late President when the pyramids and granite shafts have crumbled to dust.

President has the largest crown, 746,090 ft3 (21,127 m3), of any giant redwood yet measured and contains nearly two billion leaves (most of any tree yet measured) and over 80 thousand cones. Although the main trunk is dead above 203 ft (62 m), where it is still 10.14 ft (3.09 m) wide, President is the 29th fastest-growing redwood (7th fastest-growing giant redwood) yet measured; it grew an average of 22.5 ft3 (0.64 m3) and 700 lb (318 kg) each year over a recent decade.

The December 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine includes a composite photograph of President. The National Geographic Live! program Super Trees: Climbing a Giant Sequoia documents the photograph production.

Drive: President is 219 mi (352 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 58 mi (93 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) and turn left into the Pinewood Picnic Area parking lot.

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 28 mi (45 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) and turn right into the Pinewood Picnic Area parking lot.

Hike: From the parking lot, walk south across California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) to an unpaved road marked Authorized Vehicles Only. Hike south/uphill 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on the unpaved road to the junction with Rimrock Trail. Turn left and hike east 0.7 mi (1.1 km) on Rimrock Trail to Lincoln near the junction with Alta Trail. Turn left and hike northeast 0.3 mi (0.4 km) on Alta Trail through McKinley Junction, past McKinley and General Lee, to the second junction with Congress Trail. Turn right and hike east 0.2 mi (0.5 km) on Congress Trail to President which stands beside the trail on your left.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 1.4 mi (2.3 km) Ascent: 813 ft (248 m)
Time: 40 min Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 341 ft (104 m)
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