An iconic cedar tree on the Olympic Peninsula has been forever changed by March storms. The Park posted photos Saturday of Kalaloch’s Big Cedar Tree split in two. adding that “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.”
A sign along Highway 101 North of Ruby beach reads “big cedar tree” about five miles north of Kaloloch lodge.
The National Park sign next to the tree reads “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.”
The website exotichikes.com reports “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.”