Place

Tharp's Log

A cabin with a stone chimney is built into a downed, giant sequoia log.
Tharp's Log is a cabin built by Hale Tharp out of a downed, giant sequoia log.

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Quick Facts

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Back in 1861, Hale Tharp built this cabin in a tree, making him the first non-Native American to live in the Giant Forest. He grazed cattle in these meadows in summer and near Horse Creek, in the foothills, in the winter. John Muir stopped here in 1875, the same year he named this grove "The Giant Forest." Muir and his mule, Brownie, found Tharp quite hospitable.

What would it be like to live here, watching the forest change throughout the season? What might you learn? Could you do it without damaging the surroundings, or yourself?

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Last updated: June 25, 2021