Red Chief - Largest Tree in Long Meadow Grove
Height: 220.60+ ft (67.24+ m) Elevation: 6,809 ft (2,075 m) GPS Latitude: 35.98237
Volume: 28,723 ft3 (813 m3) Creek: Long Meadow Creek GPS Longitude: -118.60447
Width: 19.96 ft (6.08 m) Grove: Long Meadow Grove Discovery Date: 1950
Age: Park: Giant Sequoia NM Discovered By: Wendell D. Flint

Notes: Red Chief, also known as Deer Fly and Long Meadow Tree, is the 18th largest tree in Giant Sequoia National Monument and the largest tree in Long Meadow Grove.

Nearby famous redwoods include Candelabra Ghost Packsaddle Giant Proclamation

Drive: Red Chief is 391 mi (394 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 Ducor, turn right/east onto County Road J22 (Avenue 56).

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. Drive east 17 mi (27 km) on California State Route 190 and turn right onto California State Route 65. Drive south 11.1 mi (17.9 km) on California State Route 65 toward Ducor and turn left/east onto County Road J22 (Avenue 56).

From Ducor, drive east 7.6 mi (12.2 km) on County Road J22 (Avenue 56) to the intersection with Old Stage Road. Continue east across Old Stage Road onto County Road M56 (Hot Springs Road). Drive east 20 mi (32 km) on County Road M56 (Hot Springs Road) toward Pine Flat and turn left/north onto County Road M50 (Parker Pass Drive). Drive north 12 mi (19 km) on County Road M50 (Parker Pass Drive) toward Johnsondale and turn left/north onto County Road M107 (Great Western Divide Highway) toward Ponderosa. Drive north 2.5 mi (4.0 km) on County Road M107 (Great Western Divide Highway) and turn right into the Trail of 100 Giants Day Use Area parking lot (Day use fee required: Purchase a parking pass from a uniformed attendant or enclose payment in a registration envelope provided and deposit into collection box. Display the parking pass or registration envelope receipt in your windshield to avoid a fine.)

Road Warning: Great Western Divide Highway (County Road M107) is closed during winter. Depending on weather conditions, this road is usually open from May through November.

Hike: GPS-assisted navigation is recommended for this hike. From the parking lot, walk north across Great Western Divide Highway (County Road M107) to the traihead then hike north 0.3 mi (0.5 km) on Trail of 100 Gaints, past Proclamation to the trail exit point near 35.97899 -118.59663. Leave the trail here and, using a GPS device, hike northwest/uphill 0.3 mi (0.5 km) to the edge of an old clearcut for your first view of Red Chief then hike northwest/uphill another 0.2 mi (0.3 km), through a large thicket, to the tree.

Rating: Difficult One-Way Distance: 0.8 mi (1.3 km) Ascent: 661 ft (201 m)
Time: 1 hr Off-Trail: 0.5 mi (0.8 km) Descent: 50 ft (15 m)
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