Window
Height: Elevation: 6,488 ft (1,978 m) GPS Latitude: 36.18974
Volume: Creek: South Alder Creek GPS Longitude: -118.62838
Width: Grove: Alder Creek Grove Discovery Date:
Age: Park: Giant Sequoia NM Discovered By: Wendell D. Flint

Notes: Window Tree is a giant redwood with an enormous hole, or window, through the trunk formed by lightning, fire, and decay.

Window should not be confused with another Window Tree which grows in Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park.

Nearby famous redwoods include Black Mountain Beauty Stagg Waterfall

Drive: Window 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), drive north 7.3 mi (11.7 km), and park near the intersection with Forest Service Road 20S03.

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 Window. 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 parking spot, hike south/uphill 160 ft (49 m) off-trail to Window.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 160 ft (49 m) Ascent: 73 ft (22 m)
Time: 2 min Off-Trail: 160 ft (49 m) Descent: 10 ft (3 m)
Window Tree Hike Map

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Photos: Pictures of Window Tree taken from different sides

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