The nation’s Christmas tree isn’t easy to see in the winter. You have to pay a National Parks admission fee to gain entrance to Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks where you drive approx. 30-45 minutes on a clear day (with no snow or ice on the roads) past the park entrance at Three Rivers.
But there’s a dedicated group that makes the “Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree” each year. The Chamber of Commerce and residents of Sanger take an evergreen wreath that an assigned individual lays on the base of the often snow-covered ground near the tree in early December. Note: Some of the most important giant redwoods are fenced off so the public won’t trample on them and hurt their chances for continued survival after making it this long–several thousand years! This year marks the 86th trek which will be held on December 11, 2011 or 12-11-2011.
If you’re wondering what’s so special about this tree, it happens to be one of the biggest trees in the world!