Views of Tall Redwoods

Hyperion – 381 Feet

Hyperion August 2018

Hyperion is perched astride a bench on a steep slope above a creek in Redwood National Park. The latest measurement for Hyperion rounds to 381 feet.

Hyperion as viewed from creek (crown on the right)

Hyperion’s top is not visible from the creek.  This makes it seem to be no taller than the tree beside it.  It is very easy to walk right by Hyperion when moving up the creek.

Hyperion from below 2018

After starting the climb out of the creek to Hyperion it becomes evident it is a very tall tree.  There are now two approaches to Hyperion, one from right below the tree and a second starting just past the third log pile and slanting up the hillside.  The second approach is easier to hike and also kinder to the creek bank.

Hyperion from above 2018

There is a good deal of wear on the hillside immediately above Hyperion.  The tree is getting a lot of visitors in 2018.  The day I was in Hyperion’s creek I saw four other hiking groups.   But please note the hike to Hyperion is not easy, it involves two heavy duty log pile scrambles.   Then the hike is only possible from mid Summer to early Fall when the water levels are down.

Helios – 379 Feet

Helios trunk and hemlock in 2019

Helios is an enormous fused redwood in Redwood National Park.  The main trunk is the one to the right in the picture.  The top of Helios has grown back some after breaking off maybe a hundred years ago.  At the time the top broke off Helios was 390-405 feet all.   Helios is the oldest of the very tall redwoods, over 2,000 years old.

This Lost Man area tree comes up on some image searches for Helios. This IS NOT Helios redwood tree.

Stratosphere Giant – 375 Feet

Stratosphere Giant in 2018

The Stratosphere Giant is the fastest growing of the three tallest redwoods but has quite a bit of catching up to do.  It sits on the flats above Bull Creek in Humboldt Redwoods.

Approach to Stratosphere Giant 2018

There is a good deal of additional foot wear in the Stratosphere Giant area.  The approach from the southwest is by far the easiest and a path can be discerned through the forest.

National Geographic also known as Nugget – 375 Feet

National Geographic redwood in 2018

National Geographic in Redwood National Park has a little bit of a twist in its growth, for some reason.  When first measured in 1963 it was 364 feet tall, so it has averaged a little under two inches of growth per year for the past 55 years.

National Geographic tree upper trunk and crown

Tall Trees Associated With National Geographic Redwood

Paul Zahl redwood – 366 feet
Howard Libbey  redwood (Tall Tree) – 362 feet

Icarus- 371 Feet

Icarus  in Redwood National Park is a big tree with a spike top, much like the Daedalus redwood which grows in the same general area.  This is a slice of the Icarus trunk.

Federation Giant also known a Laurelin – about 371 Feet

Federation Giant redwood

The Federation Giant in Humboldt redwoods is the tallest tree in the California Federation of Women’s Clubs Grove.  The grove was purchased for the Humboldt Redwoods State Park in 1931.

Millennium – About 371 Feet

Millennium Redwood crown in 2018

Millennium redwood in Humboldt Redwoods is part of a small grove of tall trees.    There was recent tree fall in the Millennium area but fortunately Millennium itself was spared.

Paul Zinke – 370 Feet, Paradox 369 Feet – Telperion Formerly 371 Feet 

Crown of Paul Zinke redwood
Telperion June 2016 (fell in 1994)

Paul Zinke, Paradox, and the now fallen Telperion are located in lower Bull Creek Flats in Humboldt redwoods.    The end points of the grouping are about 1,000 feet apart.

Orion- About 369 Feet

I have not hiked to Orion in Redwood National Park.    Canopy photos from Orion are shown on the RCCI Forest Network feature page on the Save The Redwoods web site.

Minaret – About 369 Feet,  Pipe Dream – About 367 Feet

Minaret and Pipe Dream are tall trees in the mid Bull Creek area of Humboldt Redwoods.   These upper trunk views are from this area.

Bull Creek forest

Apex – About 368 Feet,  Mother & Daughter – About 368 Feet, Alice Rhodes – About 367 Feet

Apex, Mother and Daughter, and Alice Rhodes are tall trees on Harper Flat in Humboldt Redwoods.   Harper Flat has many tall trees of similar diameters and several information sources need to be put together to identify the correct trees.

Here are upper trunk views from Harper Flat as well as a view of some of the Harper Flat trees from the picnic area below Luke Prairie.

Bull Creek Harper Flat Crowns
Harper Flat Thor Spire and other trees

Harper Flat is a little east of the Giant tree area.   Here is a photo of Giant Tree (center) and Luke’s Lookout (right), both about 354 feet tall.

Giant Tree (center) and Luke’s Lookout (right)

Rockefeller- About 367 Feet and Lone Fern – About 366 Feet

Rockefeller Redwood

Rockefeller Redwood in Humboldt upper Bull Creek Flats has grown about eight feet since this sign was put up in 1957.  That’s about an inch and a half per year on average over the past 61 years.

Lone Fern area

Lone Fern is also in Upper Bull Creek flats.  If you hike the south side trail and notice this lone Deer Fern you are in the Lone Fern area.

Harry Cole – About 367 Feet

44 Grove from south. Harry Cole is second tree in from creek and is 367 feet tall.
View of Harry Cole redwood upper trunk and crown.
Hard to read but sign says “Second Tallest Tree – 367.4 Feet”. Sign erected in 1964. Note huckleberry bush on post.

The Harry Cole redwood in Redwood National Park was measured at 367 feet in 1963.  It remains about that height in 2018.  It is in 44 Grove, across from the 44 Creek outflow,  about a mile north of Tall Trees Grove.

Mendocino – About 368 Feet, Norman Hendry – About 366 Feet

Mendocino Redwood
Norman J Hendry redwood

The Mendocino and Norman J Hendry redwoods are in Montgomery Woods Reserve along the loop trail.   Montgomery Woods Reserve is a very special small grove that developed in a cool wet canyon bottom.

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