Views of Tall Redwoods

Hyperion – 380 Feet

Hyperion view
Hyperion 380 ft 4 in (2016 measurement)

Hyperion is on such a steep hillside that its highest leaves are 386 feet above the low side of the base but “only”  374 feet above the uphill side of the base.  That gives it an average height of around 380 feet.

 

Portion of Hyperion grove
Portion of Hyperion grove

The Hyperion Grove is just magnificent.  The hillside area is filled with redwoods, alders, spruce, and big leaf maple.  Down toward the creek there are tall sword ferns and lots of bay laurel, creating a pleasant visual and olfactory experience.

 

Hyperion Log
Hyperion Log

This log makes it easy to get a picture right by Hyperion without disturbing much around the base.

 

Hyperion creek view
Hyperion creek view

Hyperion is relatively remote, the route involves creeks and tricky log pile scrambles.  I can also affirm from personal experience black bears use Hyperion’s creek.  The hike to this tree is best done in a group and in the summer when water levels are low.

 

Hyperion crown distant view

This is a distant view of Hyperion’s crown

 

Just up slope of Hyperion in 2015

 

Helios – 378 to 380 Feet

Helios was once even taller, and its highest points are from reiterated growth.  This is likely to be the tallest redwood soon, if it isn’t already.

Helios shark tooth (on left).
Standing at the trunk of Helios.

 

 

Stratosphere Giant – 375 Feet

 

Stratosphere Giant
Stratosphere Giant

The Stratosphere Giant is a massive tree and is very old.  If you stand on the log beside it and knock on the trunk it sounds hollow.  However it is adding height relatively quickly.

 

Stratosphere Giant Base Height
Stratosphere Giant Base Height

The Stratosphere Giant is perched up on a throne that includes lots of duff as well as roots.  It sits right in the middle of a large forest.

Stratosphere Giant is about the same height as the  up slope side of Hyperion.

 

Nugget – 372 Feet

Nugget
Nugget

Nugget is in a really pretty setting.  The trunk shows some evidence of twisting as it laid on layers.

 

Paradox – 369 Feet

Paradox
Paradox

Paradox grows in an area dominated by big and especially very tall redwoods.

 

Laurelin – 373 Feet

Lauralyn
Laurelin

Laurelin also sits on a throne.   Its forest is relatively open.  On a sunny day its trunk and leaves shimmer with a golden light.  In the 1990’s this tree was known as “Tree Number Five” and had  a tag with the number 5 on it.

 

Paul Zinke – 370 Feet

Bull Creek lower flat crown in sunlight
Paul Zinke Redwood

The Paul Zinke redwood is named after the notable redwoods researcher.  This tree is one of Zinke’s “three peas in a pod” group, along with Paradox and the now fallen Telperion.

 

Telperion – formerly 370 Feet

Telperion June 2016 (fell in 1994)

Telperion redwood’s debris are still impressive over twenty years after it fell.

 

Tall redwood along Bull Creek
Redwood along Bull Creek

This tall redwood grows along Bull Creek about a mile (excluding the bends) upstream of the Eel River.

South Fork Tree
South Fork Tree

The South Fork Tree is the tallest tree in Founders Grove.

 

Millennium Grove

One of the tall trees in the Millennium Grove in Humboldt Redwoods.

 

Trunk of a tall redwood in the Pepperwood area
Trunk of a tall redwood in the Pepperwood area

The long thin strip of redwoods in the Pepperwood area along the northern portion of the Avenue of the Giants contains a fair number of tall redwoods.  This area is known as the Remnant Forest.

 

Crown view of same tall redwood in Pepperwood area.
Crown view of same tall redwood in Pepperwood area.

This is a crown view of the same redwood.  It towers above its neighbors and its top glows in late day sunlight while the other tops are in the dark.   It is one of several redwoods over 350 feet in height that grow in the Remnant Forest.

 

Tall reiterated crown above Lost Man Creek
Tall reiterated crown above Lost Man Creek (back center)

The Lost Man area is also often overlooked as a place for tall redwoods.  This is mainly because the trees are on steep hillsides and there are few trails.

 

Redwood on 35 degree slope above Lost Man Creek
Redwood on 35 degree slope above Lost Man Creek

The superlative trees in the Lost Man area are difficult to reach. There are a number of trees on the slopes above Lost Man Creek, Little Lost Man Creek, and Larry Dam Creek that exceed the magic 350 foot height number, with one touching 360 feet.

 

Hillside redwood in Lost Man

This majestic redwood grows in the Lost Man area.

 

Tall Trees Grove south end.
Tall Trees Grove south end.

Three  very tall redwoods at southern end of Tall Trees Grove (each over 360 feet tall).

 

Tall Trees Grove north end

The north end of Tall Trees grove is very scenic and includes redwoods up to 360 feet in height.

 

Rockefeller redwood and neighbors
Rockefeller redwood and neighbors

Rockefeller redwood (366 feet) and neighbors as seen from Mattole Road at the base of Luke Prairie.

 

Mendocino redwood
Mendocino redwood

Mendocino redwood in Montgomery Woods Reserve, over 368 feet tall.

 

Bull Creek Harper Flat – Giant Tree area crowns

These are tall crowns along Bull Creek in the Harper Flat / Giant Tree area

 

Bull Creek Patriarch Forest Crowns

These tall crowns are in the Bull Creek Rockefeller (Patriarch) Forest area.

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