Wawona Tree

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Wawona Tunnel Tree, 15 June 1918.

The Wawona Tree, also known as the Wawona Tunnel Tree, was a famous giant sequoia that stood in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California, USA, until 1969. It had a height of 227 feet (69 m) and was 90 feet (27 m) in circumference.


A tunnel was cut through the tree in 1881, enlarging an existing fire scar. Two men were paid $75 for the job. The tree had a slight lean, which increased when the tunnel was completed. The tree became a popular tourist attraction and visitors were often photographed driving through or standing in the tunnel.

The fallen tree

The Wawona Tree fell in 1969 under a heavy load of snow on its crown. The giant sequoia is estimated to have been 2,300 years old. It is now known as the Fallen Tunnel Tree.

Visitors to nearby Sequoia National Park sometimes confuse Yosemite's Fallen Tunnel Tree with Sequoia National Park's Tunnel Log.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Johnson, Terrell (Feb 19, 2013). "The World's 20 Most Amazing Tunnels". weather.com Travel. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 

Coordinates: 37°30′53.29″N 119°35′41.63″W / 37.5148028°N 119.5948972°W / 37.5148028; -119.5948972