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Tallest trees in the world

Coast Redwood, also known as California Redwood, are the tallest trees in the world, up to 115 meters / 370 feet. Their cousin the Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) have thicker stems and live longer, but are shorter, 95 meters / 311 feet.

A strange feeling standing in front of a tree that might be 2000 years old! The picture is taken in Tall Trees Grove. A taller tree than those around us here has recently been discovered not far away, but the ranger at the visitor center claimed it was not accessible :-(

Lucky us

There is a locked gate on the Tall Trees Access Road, we had to obtain permit and a secret code for the lock at one of the visitor centers. Only a restricted number of vehicles are allowed into the area on a daily basis. Not that is was any problem; We saw one other car on our way up from Orich to the gate, and met one inside the restricted area.


The wild animals are more afraid of us than we are of them. No big risk of running into any, but be aware anyway.

  • Last visit to Redwood National Park: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 26, 2007
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  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Nice tips! I am sorry that we missed out on the Kuchel Visitor Center and the tall trees trail. Too bad about the rude people you met, that was absolutely uncalled for!!

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Very nice commentary on your visit to Redwood National Park. So sorry to hear about your negative encounter with the locals--rudeness is not accepted anywhere. I hope the rest of your trip was a pleasant one....

  • PinkFloydActuary's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2007 at 4:43 AM

    Good stuff...What we saw was pretty neat, but since we were only there for a day (chalk that up to bad planning), we missed many of the highlights :(

  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2007 at 9:43 AM

    Great photos. We'd love to get there some day and see the big trees in person.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2007 at 9:36 AM

    Wow - Redwood trees must bea beautiful ! I would get scared to death seeing bear prints which are not Nobby size :-) My god, how annoying can people be to foreigners.... Haha, Elge now in Jeans :-)) Perfect now with TLs :-))

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2007 at 8:55 AM

    Wow, a mysterious forest indeed!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    What is even funnier than bear tracks is a nice steaming bear pile. Then you know they are watching you! ;-]



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