Adventure - 8th Largest Coast Redwood
Height: 332.35+ ft (101.30+ m) Elevation: 280 ft (85 m) GPS Latitude: 41.37551
Volume: 32,140 ft3 (910 m3) Creek: Prairie Creek GPS Longitude: -124.01639
Width: 16.24 ft (4.95 m) Grove: Otis Grove Discovery Date: 1990
Age: 1,722 y Park: Prairie Creek Redwoods SP Discovered By: Michael W. Taylor

Notes: Adventure, also known as The Adventure Tree, is the 8th largest coast redwood, the 2nd largest tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and the largest tree in James and Fredda Otis Grove. Naturalist Michael W. Taylor named the tree Adventure because he considered reaching and measuring the tree, which grows on a steep hillside beside a 10 ft (3 m) tall creek bank, an adventure.

The upper trunk of Adventure is extremely large: over 11.2 ft (3.4 m) wide from 150 ft to 172 ft (46 m to 52 m) above ground (wider than any coast redwood at those heights) and still 4.4 ft (1.3 m) wide 324 ft (99 m) up (also a record). Adventure appears on the cover of author Richard M. Preston's book The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring. Botanist Marie E. Antoine photographed Preston near the top of Adventure. University of Washington forestry assistant professor Robert Van Pelt published an orthographic illustration of Adventure (shown 3rd from right).

Drive: Adventure is 263 mi (423 km) north of San Francisco near the community of Orick.

From U.S. Highway 101 just north of Orick, take exit 753 Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. Drive north 2.0 mi (3.2 km) on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway to the turnout, located at 41.37587 -124.01449, on the left/west side of the road.

Hike: From the trailhead, hike west 350 ft (107 m) to the junction with Karl Knapp Trail (formerly known as Prairie Creek Trail). Turn left at the trail junction and hike south on Karl Knapp Trail toward the Adventure viewpoint which appears on your right. To visit Adventure, hike south 200 ft (61 m) on Karl Knapp Trail and exit the trail to your right. Hike along logs across Prairie Creek then turn right/north and hike along the creek bank to Adventure.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 700 ft (213 m) Ascent: 0 ft 0 m)
Time: 10 min Off-Trail: 250 ft (76 m) Descent: 0 ft (0 m)
Adventure Tree Hike Map

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Photos: Pictures of Adventure Tree taken from different sides

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