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Avenue of the Giants

Avenue of the Giants

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.

Standing in awe.

Standing in awe.

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.

Big Trees.

Big Trees. That's Matti and Max at the bottom.

Really it didn’t matter, because every single tree is a monster.

Fallen Giant.

Fallen Giant.

Here’s one poor guy that fell over.

Watch for ...walkers?

Watch for ...walkers?

There’s some interesting signage up in this neck of the woods.  Looks like someone had a little fun, or else, we should be watching out for Bigfoot.

I thought Matti and Max looked small above…but check out our car below.  It looks like the size of a pea.

These trees dwarf our car.

It's true. Cars look like toys next to redwoods.

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


  1. Not walkers silly! Big Foot crossing!

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  4. Now that you mention it, the Giant redwood near Avenue of the giants is tough to see in winter without wading or getting washed downstream. The comparable counterpart would be the Big redwood in Prairie Creek. Avenue of the Giants is remarkable in winter … my favorite season in the redwoods.


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