Stagg - World's 6th Largest Tree
Height: 243.00+ ft (74.07+ m) Elevation: 6,459 ft (1,969 m) GPS Latitude: 36.19137
Volume: 44,100 ft3 (1,249 m3) Creek: South Alder Creek GPS Longitude: -118.61842
Width: 25.49 ft (7.77 m) Grove: Alder Creek Grove Discovery Date: 1931
Age: 2,020 y Park: Giant Sequoia NM Discovered By: L. Day

Notes: Stagg, originally known as Day Tree, is the world's 6th largest tree, the 5th largest giant redwood, and the largest tree in Giant Sequoia National Monument. On August 16, 1960, the Rouch Family, which owned the tree before Save the Redwoods League acquired Alder Creek Grove on December 30, 2019, dedicated the tree to honor Amos Alonzo Stagg, a pioneering football coach at the University of the Pacific and a College Football Hall of Fame inductee, whose innovations included the Notre Dame Box and the Statue of Liberty play.

National Geographic photographer James Balog published a composite photograph of Stagg. Save the Redwoods League and videographer Sue Cag published aerial flyovers of Stagg, the Animal Planet program Redwood Kings features aerial footage of Stagg, and The New York Times Science program Climbing Sequoias for Climate Change features a climb of Stagg.

Drive: Stagg is 237 mi (381 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 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 34 mi (55 km) on California State Route 190 toward Camp Nelson. Just past Camp Nelson, turn left onto County Road 216 (Redwood Drive) and drive north 7.3 mi (11.7 km), past Window, to the intersection with Forest Service Road 20S03. Veer right onto Forest Service Road 20S03 and drive east 0.2 mi (0.3 km) to the Stagg Tree parking lot which includes two signs: Stagg Tree: All Visitors Park Here and No Unauthorized Vehicles Beyond This Point.

Navigation System Warning: About 24 mi (39 km) from Porterville on California State Route 190 East, 10 mi (16 km) before the turn onto County Road 216 (Redwood Drive), many computer, smartphone, and car navigation systems instruct you to turn left at County Road 208 (Wishon Drive), toward Camp Wishon, for the shortest route to Stagg. But those same navigation systems may not warn you that this route includes 5 mi (8 km) of steep, rugged, unpaved road (not suited for average two-wheel drive vehicles) or that the unpaved road is closed during winter. Keep driving on California State Route 190 East, past County Road 208 (Wishon Drive), toward Camp Nelson instead. Your car will appreciate it.

Hike: From the Stagg Tree parking lot, walk east 0.4 mi (0.6 km) on the road, past a logging camp, to the junction with Stagg Tree trail. Friendly Stagg Tree signs appear along the route except where the trail forks just past the logging camp. Veer left here and veer left again at the next fork in the trail toward Stagg Tree. Just past the second fork, you will spot Stagg poking up from the canyon to your left. Turn left at the next Stagg Tree sign and hike west 550 ft (168 m) to Stagg.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 0.5 mi (0.8 km) Ascent: 158 ft (48 m)
Time: 15 min Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 255 ft (78 m)
Stagg Tree Hike Map

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Photos: Pictures of Stagg Tree taken from different sides

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