Saturday, May 19 – We camped here in Garberville, CA, because it is knows as "The Gateway to the Redwoods." It is home to Richardson Grove State Park which has an amazing hike through some wonderful Redwoods. The Ranger at the gate gave us a one-hour pass so we could hike a short trail and see what he called some of the best Redwoods in the area. We have to agree! If you have limited time, this is a great spot to check out these huge trees.
We then drove about 30-minutes north of Garberville, to The Avenue of the Giants. WOW!
Another unbelievable forest with soaring giant Redwoods. These trees are over 300-feet tall. They are as tall as a football field is long. They aren't anything near in circumference as a Giant Sequoia, but they sure are tall.
And there are 1000's of them scattered through the forest in this part of California.
The Avenue of the Giants intersects frequently with CA-101, and you could easily jump on and off that divided highway if you preferred not to drive the Avenue. But the Avenue of the Giants is so neat weaving in and out of the Redwoods making you feel like a tiny creature in a land of giants!
These are awesome trees! Thank God they are being saved for future generations to enjoy.
Our conclusion is that they don't beat the Sequoia in the overwhelming awe you feel in the Sequoia forest. With the Sequoia, it's like someone sat the massive Washington Monument down in the middle of a forest to amaze you. Simply indescribable! Unlike anything you've ever seen. In comparison, in our opinion, the Giant Redwoods can be associated to a normal tree, just soaring to unbelievable heights. Hope you understand this comparison. Both are certainly worth seeing and shouldn't be missed.
|To 311 feet||HEIGHT||To 367.8 feet|
|To 3,200 years||AGE||To 2,000 years|
|To 2.7 million lbs.||WEIGHT||To 1.6 million lbs.|
|To 31 in. thick||BARK||To 12 in. thick|
|To 8 ft. diameter||BRANCHES||To 5 ft. diameter|
|To 40 ft. diameter||BASES||To 22 ft. diameter|
|By seed only||REPRODUCE||By seed or root sprout|
|Shape like chicken egg||CONES||Shape of large olive|
|Small, overlapping needles||FOLIAGE|| |
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