"Humboldt Redwoods - Walking among giants" Humboldt Redwoods State Park by alvi21

Chandelier Tree

The "Chandelier Tree" (maximum age: 2,400 years) of Drive-Thru Tree Park in Leggett, California was the first Redwoods attraction we visited along the "Avenue of the Giants" (Hwy 101).

Founders Grove Nature Trail

A major advantage of Giant Redwoods: They are resistant to fire and insects. This Giant Redwood on the grounds of Founders Grove Nature Trail in Humboldt Redwoods State Park is an old growth tree that has been through many fires, a natural occurrence throughout the centuries. Even though it appears to be heavily fire damaged, it continues to live.

Founders Grove Nature Trail

On the other hand, Giant Redwoods have a major disadvantage: For such tall trees, they have relatively shallow roots of no deeper than 10 feet / 3 meters. I look tiny standing next to the roots of a fallen Giant Redwood on the grounds of Founders Grove Nature Trail, the last Redwoods attraction we visited along the "Avenue of the Giants" (Hwy 101).

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  • In a nutshell:A truly humbling experience.
  • Last visit to Humboldt Redwoods State Park: Aug 2008
  • Intro Updated Dec 21, 2008
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