Atlas Grove

Notes: Atlas Grove, located within Rotary Memorial Grove, is located between Boyes Creek and Prairie Creek in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

Atlas Grove includes the redwood with the highest-class reiteration and 2nd largest crown (Iluvatar), the redwood with the deepest crown (Zeus), the coast redwood with the most leaves (Iluvatar), the 2nd (Atlas) and 4th (Zeus) fastest-growing redwoods, and 2 of the 30 largest coast redwoods (Atlas and Iluvatar). The grove contains 7 trees larger than 20,000 ft3 (566 m3), 2 trees larger than 25,000 ft3 (708 m3), and 1 tree larger than 30,000 ft3 (850 m3).

Zeus is the tallest tree and Iluvatar is the largest and oldest tree in Atlas Grove.

Cal Poly Humboldt forestry professor Stephen C. Sillett published a photograph of Atlas Grove taken from a nearby tree.

Atlas Grove includes the following coast redwoods:

Drive: Atlas Grove is 261 mi (420 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 1.5 mi (2.4 km) on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway to Cal-Barrel Road. Turn right onto Cal-Barrel Road, drive east 650 ft (198 m), and park just before the road turns left through a gate. Atlas Grove is on the southwest side of Cal-Barrel Road.

Hike: From the parking area, hike southwest 20 ft (6 m) off-trail to the center of Atlas Grove (between Pleiades 2 and Prometheus). Hike west to visit Atlas, Ballantine, Bell, Broken Top, Buena Vista, Iluvatar, Pleiades 1, and Pleiades 2. Hike east to visit Demeter, Epimetheus, Kronos, Prometheus, Rhea, and Zeus.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 560 ft (171 m) Ascent: 0 ft (0 m)
Time: 10 min Off-Trail: 560 ft (171 m) Descent: 0 ft (0 m)
Atlas Grove Hike Map

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Photos: Pictures of Atlas Grove

Atlas Grove - Rotary Memorial Grove marker Atlas Grove - Iluvatar Tree Atlas Grove - Atlas Tree Atlas Grove - Zeus Tree