Hyperion – 381 Feet
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’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.
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.
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 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 is a section of Helios’ crown from 2017. A boiling sea of green.
Stratosphere Giant – 375 Feet
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.
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 – 372 Feet
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.
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. Although both trees are on steep hillsides above the same creek their trunks look quite different. I am unable to show pictures of Icarus and Daedalus (363 feet) so am showing a hillside with spike top redwoods along Redwood Creek instead.
Federation Giant also known a Laurelin – about 371 Feet
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 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 – Three Peas in a Pod
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. I cannot show photos of Minaret and Pipe Dream. Instead here is Bull Creek in the area where these trees are located.
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.
I cannot show any trunk photos of these three trees. Instead here is a view of some of the Harper Flat crowns from the picnic area below Luke Prairie.
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.
Rockefeller- About 367 Feet and Lone Fern – About 366 Feet
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 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
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
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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