Bay Area Storm Topples Iconic ‘Tunnel Tree’ Giant Sequoia (PHOTOS)
(BANT) – The strong storm that passed through the Bay Area this weekend claimed a well-known victim to the east of us.
Officials with Calaveras Big Trees State Park say the heavy winds and rain over the weekend were just too much for the Pioneer Cabin giant sequoia that had become famous for the tunnel carved through its base which was big enough to drive through, similar to the Chandelier Tree in Mendocino County.
The tree, which was believed to be around 1,000 years old, had its base hollowed out in the 1880’s so tourists could walk, and later drive, through it.
Facebook user Jim Allday posted a few photos of the downed tree. You can see them below: