Boole Tree Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This short hike on the edge of Kings River Canyon loops through the logged remnants of what was once the largest grove of giant sequoias. Inexplicably spared the loggers’ ax, only the Boole Tree remains of the old giants, a lone behemoth thought to be the sixth-largest tree in the world."
--Barry Parr, Hiking The Sierra Nevada (Falcon Guides).
"Occasionally, size has its advantages; such was the case for the Boole Tree. While hundreds of giant sequoias met the axe in Converse Basin, this lone survivor received a stay of execution because of its immense size. Originally identified as the third largest sequoia in existence, the Boole Tree was spared the fate of its less fortunate neighbors. Although this impressive monarch has the largest base circumference of any sequoia (313 feet), a height of 269 feet and a volume of 47,472 cubic feet ultimately ranked the tree as the eighth largest."
--Mike White, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press).
"Boole Tree Loop is a short jaunt that leads to the largest tree within Sequoia National Forest boundaries. Follow the right fork at the trailhead and climb the shady way; the entire first mile is under cover of large yellow pines."
--Allen Riedel, 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"The bonus on this loop is the stunning views of Kings Canyon leading to the largest of the Sequoia trees in a national forest. Ironically, the 269-foot-tall Boole Tree was named after the superintendent of the lumber company who supervised the cutting of the grove, except for this one tree."
--Linda Mullaly & David Mullaly, Best Hikes with Dogs: Central California (The Mountaineers Books).
"Unlike many other giant sequoia trails, the Boole Tree Trail visits only one ancient giant sequoia. Until the 1890s, the sequoias of Converse Basin constituted the largest grove in existence. Today only giant stumps are left behind, along with the renewed growth of young sequoias and the Boole Tree. Standing 269 feet tall, and with a diameter of 29 feet, this tree is the largest sequoia standing outside the boundaries of California’s national parks. This 2.5-mile loop trail is immensely rewarding, passing through mixed conifer forest, including a multitude of young sequoias, en route to the Boole Tree, then on the return to the trailhead features outstanding vistas. Although portions of the trail have a moderately steep grade, it is a short hike suitable for hikers of all ability levels."
--Ron Adkison, Best Easy Day Hikes: Southern Sierra (Falcon Guides).
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