Roosevelt - World's 22nd Largest Tree
Height: 260.00+ ft (79.25+ m) Elevation: 6,205 ft (1,891 m) GPS Latitude: 36.69568
Volume: 35,013 ft3 (991 m3) Creek: East Fork Redwood Creek GPS Longitude: -118.89155
Width: 22.25 ft (6.78 m) Grove: Redwood Mountain Grove Discovery Date: 1931
Age: Park: Kings Canyon NP Discovered By: N. E. Beckwith

Notes: Roosevelt, also known as False Hart, is the world's 22nd largest tree, the 21st largest giant redwood, the 3rd largest tree in Kings Canyon National Park, and the largest tree in Redwood Mountain Grove. The tree was named to honor Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.

Roosevelt should not be confused with Hart which stands 120 ft (37 m) downhill. Although a sign near Roosevelt suggests that tree is Hart, the real Hart tree stands downhill from and closer to Hart Tree Trail than Roosevelt. Both N. E. Beckwith, a member of the Jourdan Team who measured Hart in 1931, and L. N. (Pat) Hart, a descendant of Hart tree discoverers Michael and William H. Hart, confirmed that the lower tree is indeed the real Hart. Moreover, the lower tree appears in a 1928 photograph of Hart.

Roosevelt also should not be confused with another Roosevelt tree which grows near Hamilton in Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park.

Drive: Roosevelt is 208 km (335 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 82 mi (132 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway), past Four Guardsmen, and turn left onto Forest Service Road 14S75 (Redwood Mountain Road) toward Redwood Canyon.

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 4 mi (6 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) and turn right onto Forest Service Road 14S75 (Redwood Mountain Road) toward Redwood Canyon.

Drive southwest 1.8 mi (2.9 km) on Forest Service Road 14S75 (Redwood Mountain Road) and turn left into the Redwood Canyon Trailhead parking lot.

Road Warning: Forest Service Road 14S75 (Redwood Mountain Road) is closed during winter. This unpaved road usually opens on the Wednesday before Memorial Day and closes when it becomes impassible due to snow.

Hike: From the trailhead, hike east 3.3 mi (5.3 km) on Hart Tree Trail, past the junction with Redwood Creek Trail, to Hart and Roosevelt which stand just uphill from the trail on your left. Hike south/uphill 120 ft (37 m) from Hart to Roosevelt. Although a sign near Roosevelt suggests that tree is Hart, the real Hart tree stands downhill from and closer to Hart Tree Trail than Roosevelt.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 3.3 mi (5.3 km) Ascent: 757 ft (231 m)
Time: 1 hr 15 min Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 785 ft (239 m)
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