Hyperion – 380 Feet
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.
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.
This log makes it easy to get a picture right by Hyperion without disturbing much around the base.
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.
Wear noticeable before and after
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.
Stratosphere Giant – 375 Feet
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.
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 is in a really pretty setting. The trunk shows some evidence of twisting as it laid on layers.
Paradox – 369 Feet
Paradox grows in an area dominated by big and especially very tall redwoods. Paradox has lost a couple feet in height in the last few years.
Laurelin – 373 Feet
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
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 redwood’s debris are still impressive over twenty years after it fell.
This tall redwood grows along Bull Creek about a mile (excluding the bends) upstream of the Eel River.
One of the tall trees in the Millennium Grove in Humboldt Redwoods.
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 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.
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.
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.
This majestic redwood grows in the Lost Man area.
Three very tall redwoods at southern end of Tall Trees Grove (each over 360 feet tall).
The north end of Tall Trees grove is very scenic and includes redwoods up to 360 feet in height.
Rockefeller redwood (366 feet) and neighbors as seen from Mattole Road at the base of Luke Prairie.
Mendocino redwood in Montgomery Woods Reserve, over 368 feet tall.
These are tall crowns along Bull Creek in the Harper Flat / Giant Tree area
These tall crowns are in the Bull Creek Rockefeller (Patriarch) Forest area.
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