Some of the BiggestTrees in the World are Right Here!
Known for sky-scraping forests and awe-inspiring views, Northern California draws visitors from all over the globe to experience the tallest trees in the world. In particular, Giant Redwood trees naturally thrive in the moist, humid climate of the California Coast, reaching mesmerizing heights and providing a picturesque landscape. They can live up to 2,000 years, have branches up to 5 feet in diameter, and are enveloped in bark that grows up to 12 inches thick. To discover these towering giants for yourself, head to Northern California and prepare for an incredible experience you’ll never forget!
Montgomery Woods State Reserve
Located just a half hour from the Inns of Glendeven in Mendocino, you’ll find two main species of breathtaking ancient redwood groves in this State Park. The first is the Coast Redwood, which grows along the coastline and favors moderate temperature with lots of moisture. It is the tallest species of tree on Earth, measuring over 300 feet in height. Next is the Sierra Redwood, which is both older and more massive but not nearly as tall. The Sierra grows at higher elevations, which is why it can be found in the Sierra mountain ranges.
Montgomery Woods has also been said to house the tallest living tree in the world, known as The Mendocino Tree. At 367 feet high, this stunning beauty is five stories higher than the Statue of Liberty! It is estimated to be over 1,000 years old and was declared the tallest tree in 1996.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, however, the world’s tallest tree is named Hyperion and is actually located in Humboldt Woods State Park, about two hours north of our inn. This Coast Redwood was discovered on August 25th, 2000, and measured 370 feet as of July 2004. The second tallest tree living, known as The Federation Giant, measures 368 ft and also lives at the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
The Avenue of the Giants
Running through Humboldt Woods is a scenic road that’s appropriately named the Avenue of the Giants. This highway is shadowed by Coast Redwoods and features a number of parking areas, picnic sites, and attractions for visitors. One of its main attractions is the Immortal Tree, a 950-year-old giant that is about 250 feet tall. This tree survived a 1964 flood of the area, a 1908 attempt at logging, and a direct lightning strike which took 45 feet off the top of the tree. Situated in the northern half of the Avenue, The Immortal Tree is easy to find and has a large gift shop and parking area in front of it.
Come Home to the Inns of Glendeven
Spending the day admiring the tallest trees in the world is a beloved activity by California locals and visitors alike. After a fun-filled day amongst nature, you can return to total comfort and relaxation in one of our charming rooms or suites! Our Mendocino bed and breakfast offers wonderful accommodations and expert recommendations for once-in-a-lifetime activities. For more information on incredible things to do in Mendocino, download our free vacation guide.
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