Well, at least the biggest I am aware of after living there and exploring for 3 year between 1981-83
This is the largest tree I have ever found in Idyllwild that is still alive. Back in the pioneer old west logging days, these were very common. This tree is on Tahquitz Dr near the South Circle Dr in Fern Valley. I used to live across from this tree back in the early 1980s at Fern Valley Corners where Chart House and Baker in the Forest was located. I lived in an apartment above the old Town Crier Newspaper office there as well. Admittedly, I am a bit worried looking at the top of this tree which is showing signs of weakness due to drought which may effect bark beetles being present in the tree.
Below I attempted to take a full view in three sections. Hmmm, how did I do ?
Yeah I know, it's not perfect, but you get the main idea!!! *smile*
Sad Update April 18, 2017 on the Fate of this Majestic Ponderosa Pine - Idyllwild
Idyllwild California - The locally named and beloved Ponderosa Pine called "So Big" was finally felled after it had succumb to Pine bark Beetle in just a few months. However, after taking down one of the giant pieces, tree cutters found a surprise near the tree's top.
Update June 1st 2018 Drone Aerial View Idyllwild
|Drone Photo by Frazier Drake (June 1, 2018)|