Room
Height: Elevation: 6,963 ft (2,122 m) GPS Latitude: 36.57290
Volume: Creek: Little Deer Creek GPS Longitude: -118.75392
Width: Grove: Giant Forest Discovery Date: 1901
Age: Park: Sequoia NP Discovered By: John Broder

Notes: In 1901, Sequoia National Park concessionaire John Broder named the tree for the large, 40 ft (12 m) tall and 15 ft (5 m) wide, fire-hollowed room within the trunk. Ladders, once installed inside and outside the tree against the northeast side of the trunk, enabled visitors to climb through a narrow window, located 6 ft (3 m) above ground, to descend into the room, and to leave through an opening in the south side of the trunk. Sometime before 1975, the National Park Service removed the ladders for safety reasons.

In 1966, Camp Wolverton staff photographed 96 Boy Scouts, the largest gathering recorded to date, standing inside Room Tree.

Drive: Room 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 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on Alta Trail to McKinley trail junction. Turn right and hike south 190 ft (58 m) on the western half of Circle Meadow Loop Trail to Room which stands beside the trail on your right. Crawl through the small opening on the south side of the trunk to explore the room inside.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 1.1 mi (1.8 km) Ascent: 610 ft (186 m)
Time: 30 min Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 259 ft (79 m)
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