Near La Pine in Deschutes County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Big Tree Ponderosa Pine
This majestic pine is the biggest of its species ever recorded. It was a giant before the Oregon Territory was established, enduring centuries of fire, insects, disease, and human impact.
Recently half of its crown was lost to weather, making another Ponderosa pine taller, but "Big Tree" remains the largest in circumference.
Circumference 28 feet, 11 inches
Height 162 feet
Approximate Age 500 years
Erected 2000 by Heritage Tree Committee Oregon Travel Information Council.
Location. 43° 46.323′ N, 121° 31.133′ W. Marker is near La Pine, Oregon, in Deschutes County. Marker can be reached from State Recreation Road 5 miles west of The Dalles-California Highway (U.S. 97). Touch for map. Marker is located in La Pine State Park, near the subject tree. It is accessed via a short trail from the park's "Big Tree" parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15800 State Recreation Road, La Pine OR 97739, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lava River Cave (approx. 11.3 miles away); Some Lava Flows Build Their Own Pipelines River Ruler (approx. 12.2 miles away); Lava Butte (approx. 12.9 miles away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Oregon Heritage Trees
Also see . . .
1. Big Tree Ponderosa Pine. Nicknamed 'Big Tree', 'Big Red', and 'Giant', the largest ponderosa pine in the world is located in La Pine State Park. The tree is over 500 years old, 162 feet tall, and 28.9 feet in circumference. Until recently the tree was thought only to be the largest of its species in Oregon, but with recent confirmations by Ascending the Giants (a local non-profit dedicated to exploring and preserving old-growth forests), the tree is now believed to be the largest ponderosa pine in the world. (Submitted on February 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Big Tree a national champion. Not often does a defect catapult something to greatness. But in the case of the Big Tree, a ponderosa pine in La Pine State Park, it's likely a scar near its base that saved it from harvest, allowing it to grow to be among the largest of its species in the United States. “More than likely all the trees that were (the Big Tree's) cohorts went into the timber industry and this tree survived because of its defect,” said Jason Morrow, executive director of Ascending the Giants (Submitted on February 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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