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“Preservation, not devastation.... a sad reminder” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Big Stump Basin

Big Stump Basin
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Type: Trails, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking, Birdwatching
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Australia
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“Preservation, not devastation.... a sad reminder”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Probably not the most popular of trails as was the case the morning we did this hike. Who wants to see a 'bunch of stumps' right? My good rating is not for the awe-inspiring width of these felled giants but for the educational hike itself.
This is a close look at what necessity, survival, greed and ignorance can do to nature. Then along came the naturalists lobbying for change such as John Muir to help man understand and stop irreparable damage to these gentle giants and other trees.

The trail is an easy 2-mile hike, which focuses on mature trees, meadows, wildflowers, forest growth and the stumps that lie abandoned in among the living trees. Some trees still have huge wound like scars, which had been left standing for unexplained reasons. There was a mill located here so that these huge sentinels could be logged and processed much easier.

The Mark Twain stump, which is in an open meadow, is one of the largest and stairs leading onto the stump gives you an idea how wide and how old this giant was when it was felled.
Over 1350 years old when logged it is now a sad memorial to a once living thing. A cross section of the tree was cut and sent to a museum and is still on display today. Most of the stump wood is still in good condition as the decay rate is far slower due to the makeup of the timber.

So seeing the result of past misadventures we were glad to have the chance to see other living giants of the forest in this beautiful setting. This trail is not just about seeing the stumps but the amazing living trees and growth that are now protected.

Please enjoy your visit!

Visited June 2012
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Orem, Utah
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“a sad reminder of what man can do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

This is a beautiful area to drive to. The Hugh stumps that are left after the trees were logged look to be a memorial to there lives. It looks like gravestone in a beautiful meadow. I was hurt by the loss of such beautiful giants.

Visited June 2012
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Lehigh Acres, Florida, United States
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“Holy cow those are huge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

these stumps are massive examples of mans poor judgement. the area is beautiful its just a shame they were cut down in the first place. its an easy hike through the area, the only things missing were the snow and the crowds, winning!

Visited January 2012
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