Calaveras Big Trees State Park preserves a grove of giant sequoias, including the first Sierra redwood noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852.
Place Category: Forests + Wilderness
With its eastern edge running along the spine of Sierra Nevada range, the Emigrant Wilderness encompasses a vast diversity within its borders. To the north and east one finds terrain dominated by lava-capped summits with fields of granite spanning for miles. In the western parts of the Emigrant, though still a granite and lava landscape, there are more lakes, meadows and patches of pine.