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Giant sequoias, also known as Sierra redwoods, can top feet 91 meters in.

Jan 10, Historic ‘Tunnel Tree’ Falls in Storm Save the Redwoods League. Pioneer Cabin Tree. Photo by Wayne Hsieh, Flickr Creative Commons. We lost an iconic ‘tunnel tree’ on Sunday as mother nature took down the over 1,year-old Pioneer Cabin Tree in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. This tree, made famous for the car-sized tunnel through its trunk, toppled over during the heavy storms that Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins.

Jan 13,"The Pioneer Cabin tree has fallen!

This iconic and still living tree - the tunnel tree - enchanted many visitors. The storm was just too much for it," park volunteer Jim Allday announced on the Calaveras Big Trees Association’s Facebook page on January treefelling.buzzted Reading Time: 4 mins. Jan 10, The famous Redwood tree tunnel fell during one of California’s worst storms and caused massive flooding.

I walked through this tree when I was a kid. I couldn’t find the family photo of that event, so you are spared this time. This flooding has been massive, but it is a typical precursor to big earthquakes. Notes: California Tree is the last surviving giant redwood tunnel tree.

The powerful storm that took out the tree toppled many others, even halting interstate traffic south of San Francisco for more than an hour Sunday afternoon with a giant tree that fell across half the freeway.

Inthe Yosemite Stage and Turnpike Company hired W. H. Coop and John Cummings to carve a tunnel through the base of the tree to allow tourists passage through an alternate tunnel tree in the lower Mariposa Grove whenever snowpack blocked the route to Wawona Tunnel Tree in the upper grove. Jan 09, The Pioneer Cabin Tree in earlier days. Library of Congress. There once was a giant old sequoia tree with a tunnel in the center so big you could drive a car through it.

It sounds like a tall tale Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. Of two well-known tree tunnels in Central California, the one in Tuolumne Grove is through a dead tree, and the Wawona Tree in Yosemite fell over in On California’s Redwood Coast, however, there are three drive-through redwoods still going strong, all of them operated as tourist attractions.