Pavement runs right up to the cinnamon-colored foot of a massive tree that claimed this spot more than 1,000 years ago.
The road is so close that this giant sequoia tree sometimes goes unnoticed by hikers, who are dodging trams loaded with tourists in Yosemite National Park's largest grove of the big trees. It's not working for tourists or nature.
"The tree is among a lovely grouping of five giants in the little wetland next to the tram road," Yosemite botanist Lisa Acree said. "The trees send out thousands of seeds each year, but a lot of them land on asphalt."
The National Park Service has a $24 million idea to move the pavement off the toes of the big trees on the southern part of the Mariposa Grove. The road will disappear, and so will parking lots and the gift store.