One of Olympic National Park’s most photogenic trees was split in two by a recent coastal storm.
Known as the ‘Kalaloch Big Cedar,’ the 175-foot-tall tree near Kalaloch Lodge is estimated to be 1,000 years old. Its wide and gnarly truck has been photographed countless times by travelers on Highway 101.
Park staff say the half that still stands appears to be alive – at least for now.
The tree’s fans at the Exotic Hikes blog don’t hold much hope it will pull through. It’ll likely have a new life as a giant nurse log, fostering new growth in this wet and windy corner of the coast.
Here are the parting words from Exotic Hikes: “Becoming a nurse log ensures us that the spirit of this great tree lives on, and hopefully will provide life to numerous trees just as mighty as this one was in its life. Farewell, old giant. You will be missed.”
Click below to see Olympic National Park’s sad post-fall photo.