Legendary 'Kalaloch Big Cedar' in Olympic National Park destroyed by storm

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From Olympic National Park's Facebook post:

"On March 8th, during a coastal storm, Kalaloch's Big Cedar tree split in two.

"In some ways, the centuries-old tree is still hanging on to life. You can see half of the tree still stands on the left side of the picture."

It was located just off U.S. Highway 101 about five miles north of the Kaloloch lodge.

From the Exotic Hikes website, www.exotichikes.com:

“At 19.8 feet in diameter and standing at 175 feet tall, this thousand year old tree was one of the most beautiful and unique spots in the entire Olympic National Park.

"With roots and burls making this tree look like it belonged in in another time on earth.

"For those of you lucky enough to spend time around this tree, you know of its awesomeness and power.

"The Kalaloch Cedar was one of those destination in the Olympic National Park that was indescribable, with pictures hardly giving justice to the amazing sight that it was."

Read more about this fallen giant at http://exotichikes.com/olympic-national-parks-kalaloch-cedar-destroyed-by-storm

A sign at the tree read:

"Big Cedar

“Western redcedar has been the art and sinew of coastal Indian village life. The trunk is house plank and ocean-going canoe; branches are harpoon line; outer bark is diaper and bandage; inner bark is basket, clothing and mattress.

"Tree size expresses climate – heavy annual rainfall, and the nourishing damp of ocean fog. In a scramble for growing space other tree species are using the cedar as a standing nurselog.”

Last modified: March 10. 2014 7:55PM
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