Welcome to the Avenue of the Giants…most GINORMOUS trees on earth. It was about 3 years ago since we last drove this 31 mile stretch along Hwy 101 up in Northern California when we drove across country (the loooong way) to move to San Francisco.
The Ave of the Giants is located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park between Phillipsville and Fortuna, CA. These Coast Redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens) can grow up to 370 feet. To give you some scale…your average pine tree grows to about 45-130 feet tall. There’s one tree in the park called “Giant Tree” which is 53 ft in circumference. Unfortunately for us, the trail that leads to Giant Tree closes during the winter because all the winter rains make the trail unsteady…so we didn’t see it.
Really it didn’t matter, because every single tree is a monster.
Here’s one poor guy that fell over.
I thought Matti and Max looked small above…but check out our car below. It looks like the size of a pea.
Hey, there’s a great Ave of Giants map online if you ever go. From here we continued north toward Eureka, CA to find some more crazy stuff.
– Far Out Flora
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