Monster Pines of the Central Sierra

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Monster Pines of the Central Sierra

Post by M.W.Taylor » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:48 pm

Here are some big tree pictures mostly from my recent expeditions to Eldorado National Forest and Calaveras Big Trees State Park with Mike Hanuschick, the AFA assistant big trees coordinator for California.

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Enormous Crown of "Mondo Pondo" in Eldorado NF towering above its peers. Volume-4,420 cubic feet
Enormous Crown of "Mondo Pondo" in Eldorado NF towering above its peers. Volume-4,420 cubic feet
shaft-like Eldorado NF sugar pine. 8.6' dbh, 215' tall, 5,250 cubic feet of trunk volume
shaft-like Eldorado NF sugar pine. 8.6' dbh, 215' tall, 5,250 cubic feet of trunk volume
GIANT Calaveras sugar pine
GIANT Calaveras sugar pine
Talos, the Bronze Giant. 224' tall, 7.7' dbh, 4,650 cubic feet of trunk volume
Talos, the Bronze Giant. 224' tall, 7.7' dbh, 4,650 cubic feet of trunk volume
8.3' dbh Eldorado NF ponderosa with plates the size of a man. Volume is 4,420 cubic feet. Height 201'
8.3' dbh Eldorado NF ponderosa with plates the size of a man. Volume is 4,420 cubic feet. Height 201'
This Eldorado NF sugar pine is 8' thick and has virtually no taper. It reminds me of a parthanon column
This Eldorado NF sugar pine is 8' thick and has virtually no taper. It reminds me of a parthanon column
ENORMOUS Eldorado NF ponderosa. 8.6' dbh. 7' thick at 50' off the ground. 235' tall. Trunk volume 5,400 cubic feet
ENORMOUS Eldorado NF ponderosa. 8.6' dbh. 7' thick at 50' off the ground. 235' tall. Trunk volume 5,400 cubic feet
big sugars and pondys often grow together
big sugars and pondys often grow together
This beast sugar pine near Calaveras SP is still over 9 feet thick at 50 feet off the ground
This beast sugar pine near Calaveras SP is still over 9 feet thick at 50 feet off the ground
mini Bob VP underneath an 8.3' dbh Western white pine (pinus monticola)
mini Bob VP underneath an 8.3' dbh Western white pine (pinus monticola)
9.1' dbh sugar pine in Calaveras SP
9.1' dbh sugar pine in Calaveras SP
monster sugar well hidden amongst the dogwoods
monster sugar well hidden amongst the dogwoods
This Sugar Pine In Calaveras SP may be the world's tallest. Preliminary height measurement 255'. Dbh is 7'.
This Sugar Pine In Calaveras SP may be the world's tallest. Preliminary height measurement 255'. Dbh is 7'.
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Re: Mondo Pondos & Monster Sugars of the Central Sierra

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:54 pm

Good grief. Next year I hope to get out west to see some of those trees.

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Re: Monster Pines of the Central Sierra

Post by AndrewJoslin » Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:45 pm

Wow! Great trees, 255' sugar pine is insane! I would not want to be hit by a cone falling out of the top of that fine specimen!
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Re: Monster Pines of the Central Sierra

Post by Rand » Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:00 pm

Wow. I think I hear a collective wimper from our eastern species.

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Re: Monster Pines of the Central Sierra

Post by Marcboston » Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:48 pm

Awesome! Simply awesome pines! I love those pines. I did some hiking in the eastern sierra and came across some big ponderosa and a few sugar pines some years back. They were big ole trees but not as big as the ones you posted! Ya I would not want to be hit by a sugar pine cone either. I have one in my house that is 14-16" long!

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Re: Monster Pines of the Central Sierra

Post by mdvaden » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:40 pm

Love those pics Michael.

Tell me that's not a current photo of Van Pelt - lol

What year?
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Re: Monster Pines of the Central Sierra

Post by M.W.Taylor » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:09 am

Mario,

That is actually not Bob VP next to the big white pine. The man in the picture is Luke Ruediger, a big tree hunter and explorer who lives in southern Oregon. From a distance, he looks a lot like Bob VP with the red beard, shorts and baseball cap.

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Re: Monster Pines of the Central Sierra

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:25 pm

Michael, Wow fantastic trees! I can only imagine how many thousands of trees such as these have been cut in the last 200 years. It must have be unreal before whiteman! Larry

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Re: Monster Pines of the Central Sierra

Post by mikekowalski » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:04 pm

Awesome trees! I would love to check those out some day.
Mike

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Re: Monster Pines of the Central Sierra

Post by Joe » Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:54 am

Larry Tucei wrote:Michael, Wow fantastic trees! I can only imagine how many thousands of trees such as these have been cut in the last 200 years. It must have be unreal before whiteman! Larry
right, I'd love to have a time machine and go back- I doubt I'd come back to the present time
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