“The tallest tree in the world...almost.”
Hyperion is the name of a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in Northern California that was measured at 115.61 metres (379.3 ft), which ranks it as the world's tallest known living tree. Despite its great height, Hyperion is not the largest known coast redwood; that distinction belongs to the Del Norte Titan. Hyperion was discovered August 25, 2006 by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. The tree was verified as standing 115.55 metres (379.1 ft) tall by Stephen Sillett. The tree was found in a remote area of Redwood National and State Parks purchased in 1978. The exact location of the tree has not been revealed to the public for fear that human traffic would upset the ecosystem the tree inhabits. The tree is estimated to contain 18,600 cubic feet (530 m3) of wood, and to be roughly 700–800 years old. Researchers stated that woodpecker damage at the top prevented the tree from reaching 380 feet (115.8 m). Traditionally the exact locations of this and many other tall trees in Western United States are not diclosed. This is done to avoid the temptation to "develop" this part of national park or simply - to prevent disturbance to the forest by the crowds of excited nature lovers wading towards the tree. It is only known that it takes arduous walk to reach this remote location in Redwood National Park. Although part of the scientific community is not happy with this stance (location of the tree is not disclosed even in scientific publications), there are many sad cases when sensitive information from deeply scientific publications easily becomes VERY public. But, of course, heated debates about ethics in science and personal intrigues form the prosaic side in the lives of scientists. The magnificent Hyperion stands tall above this. ***Location not guaranteed***
I consider seeing Hyperion with my own eyes to be one of my biggest life accomplishments. Finding it took months of research and multiple failed attempts, but I finally found it. There's no other feeling I know that can compare to seeing this famous tree. By the way, it is not "almost" the tallest, it IS the tallest, and the most current measurement (2014) tacks it at 380.12 feet.
Finding Hyperion was an epic event. Knowing how few have laid eyes on it , that the forest was clear cut right near it , not seeing any signs of a trail from past visitors, how Jurassic the forest felt, my wife going ( is that it ? , Is that it ? ), the internet search to find clues to it's whereabouts all culminated in the sheer joy and elation of finding it.
Hyperion tree is one of the world’s tallest trees. It’s so incredible that its exact location is hidden. But, for those adventurous types out there…it’s located somewhere in California’s Redwood National Park.
A short hike off the tall trees trail. The tree is pleasingly remote and breathtaking to behold. I love how the other reviews speak as if seeing Hyperion is a rare or difficult thing due to secrecy, I suspect they just had a lousy day with internet research -- hyperions GPS location/coordinates (and photos, just so you can confirm you are there) are located at several easy to find websites. Like the Methuselah tree in the White mountains, its precise location is a very, very poorly kept secret - and Hyperion is actually EASIER to view than Methuselah due to the whopping altitude of the White Mountains (although the Grove trail is wonderfully engi eered and maintained) So go enjoy the world's tallest tree, mind your backcountry ethics, and don't cross when the creek is too high!!!! :).
If I was 20 years younger I would go out looking for this tree and for others that could be bigger around or taller......of course with my Desert Eagle in my right hand most of the time so I wouldn't be eaten by a bear or cougar .........I have lived on the NE corner of the Olympic Peninsula since 1971 and on my property for the last 31 years have been planting Giant Sequoia's and I have about 40 of them and several are close to 100 feet tall now and the ones in the lower areas close to the creek are fatter than the oldest one......so when I am 1000 years old I will really have some NW bragging rights..........there are older ones in the area that I saw as a kid and is why I even started doing this and one of those in a row next to the highway was hit by lighting a few years ago and it is now less than half as tall and it lost branches that are the size of trees most people see......it is still alive so far but I don't think it can survive that huge break across the top now.
I find it gratifying that so few have found it in an age when seemingly the grappling in our society to make efforts to proclaim number one status. To think that this giant stands alone uninhibited by the chaos that would ensue about it's location being revealed, I find delightful.
I want to try to find this tree but i would have to know a lot about trees
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