redwoods

  • Northwestern California
  • Established October 2, 1968
  • 175 square miles

Tall trees. Two words that give clear witness to the fact that there is sometimes a huge gap between words and lived experience. To stand beneath these tall trees is to experience—something. What the experience is varies from person to person, and maybe the point is that you can’t anticipate in advance what it will mean to you to stand beneath and beside these trees. It has to be lived to be known. The Sequoias that make up Redwood National Park rise 30 stories or more, higher than any other living thing on Earth. According to America’s National Parks, the tallest redwoods in the park are “taller than the Statue of Liberty, including the torch and the base.” The world’s tallest tree, Hyperion, is here, measuring in at 379 feet. Its location, however, is a secret.

Like so many things on Earth and in life, the trees are known in one way when they are first seen, and they’re known very differently to visitors who linger a while. The sense that tends to dominate at first is sight: they’re so tall. But there’s more to them than just height. It turns out that even trees this mighty depend on everything around them to endure. The red tree vole eats the redwoods’ needles, way up in the canopy of tree leaves. The vole rarely descends to the forest floor, but it excretes fungal spores and bacteria that, in turn, grow new fungi necessary to carry nutrients and moisture to new seedlings and tree roots. Spotted owls live amongst the trees and prey on the voles, keeping their population rightly managed, so that owls can go on, the voles can go on, the trees can go on.

National Parks Revealed will help you really make the most of your trip to Redwood National Park. We recommend combining a visit to the Petrified Forest with visits to other parks in California. We will put together a custom itinerary just for you, that will give you as much time as you want, take you alongside lesser-known ways, as well as take you to the most popular spots, such as the National Geographic Tree, a 366-footer. If you’re not sure what you most want to do, we certainly have suggestions and recommendations. As always, we will arrange for you to stay at the best accommodations in the area.