Bennett Juniper

Open forest lands in the upper Sierra Nevada mountains and views of jagged lava peaks are found in this area making it different from the usual granitic Sierra landscape.

Visitors will drive through dense pine and fir forests, which will break up into large meadows interspersed with open stands of pine, fir and in some places more widespread groups of pine and western junipers. One may see deer and coyote. Bear and mountain lion are definitely present, but don't expect to see them. You will see squirrels, lots of them. In the spring there will be a wide variety of flowers, including snow plants.

Most visitors will find themselves alone unless Ken Brunges is present. Ken is a member of "Save the Redwoods League" and a caretaker to the Bennett Tree. The tree is on land owned by "The League" by way of a donation by the land's original Joe Martin. Mr Martin donated the land to the Nature Conservancy in 1978, which has since passed it on to the "Redwoods League".

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Latitude: 38.3092011 Longitude: -119.7969818 Elevation: 8371 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Photography, bird watching, hiking, hunting, snow shoeing and skiing in winter.

Seasons Accessible

Late spring to mid fall to vehicular traffic. There are two streams to ford. Pick up or other high clearance vehicle recommended. Winter: snowshoes, skis, or snowmobile. Note that streams may make winter access inadvisable. By road it is 12 miles from Highway 108.

ADA Accessibility Notes

To the base of the tree is not accessible as it is a rough forest landscape. The road however provides good views of the tree.

Pet Friendly Notes

Well mannered pets are welcome.


We've been to the Bennett Juniper on snowmobiles and on dirt bikes. It's a beautiful ride in from 108 and a gorgeous place when you get there!

Bill Rugg, 4/17/2010

A wonderful place to see nature at its finest.The Bennett is truly one of nature’s prizes.But lets not forget the human commitment made by people with the foresight to protect it.Hats off to Joe Martin for the donation of land and to Ken Burgess for his unselfish work year after year to help protect this treasure and to inform the public of the importance of such landmarks! Again thank you both.


Detailed driving instructions to the Bennett can be found on the website of Save the Redwoods League.

Ken Brunges - The Caretaker, 10/15/2014

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