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Backpacker Magazine – March 2009

Wilderness Wonders: Tallest Tree

Head to Northern California's Redwood National Park for a glimpse at these giants.

by: Marcus Woolf, photos by Adam Friedrich- Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National Forest, California, Tallest Tree
Redwood National Forest, California, Tallest Tree

Biggest Cave | Scariest Predator | Driest Desert | Hottest Geysers | Largest Glacier | Highest Peak | Tallest Tree | Highest Biodiversity | Largest Primate | Most Active Volcano | Strangest Rock Formation | Biggest Bear | Largest Crater | Farthest Migrator | Tallest Waterfall

What The 300-foot-high behemoths that grow only in northwestern California rule the planet for height, but that's just the start. They're also among the oldest–some have stood for more than 2,000 years–thanks in part to foot-thick bark that protects them from extreme fires and contains insect-resistant tannin. Ample coastal rainfall and seasonal flooding help nurture the trees to their superlative heights.

 

Where Redwood National and State Parks, California. Crane your neck at massive trunks, including the park's champion tree at 379.1 feet, along the 8.2-mile Redwood Creek Trail. Then backpack the 10-mile Little Bald Hills Trail through prairie and under an old-growth forest canopy. nps.gov/redw



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For those not having the time, or ability, to make the long hike (or ride in the daily, limited buses), you can park right next to a grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=413
It's right off the highway in Northern CA that people in Oregon have to use to get from one side of the mountains to the other-that's how I stumbled across it 20 years ago. Once trees reach 350 feet, who can tell which one's the tallest as you're standing underneath them!

Jim
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Great view of Hyperion there...

Dr. Mario ain't alone.

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Jun 17, 2009

Redwoods rule man

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