Big Trees Loop - The Fallen Monarch

Dead and fallen sequoia named Fallen Monarch with roots visible in the air
Big Trees Loop - The Fallen Monarch (Stop 9)

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Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits

The Fallen Monarch

No one knows how old this tree is or when it fell. Notice the roots of this tree. Sequoias do not have deep tap roots; instead the roots spread out near the grounds' surface to capture water. While the roots are usually no deeper than six feet (2 meters), they can fan out more than 150 feet (45 meters), providing a stable base to balance the massive trunk. When visitors stay on the road and trails, it minimizes soil compaction that damages these surface roots.

Yosemite National Park

Last updated: October 20, 2023