Big Tree - 16th Largest Coast Redwood
Height: 286.00+ ft (87.17+ m) Elevation: 196 ft (60 m) GPS Latitude: 41.37360
Volume: 28,619 ft3 (810 m3) Creek: Prairie Creek GPS Longitude: -124.01377
Width: 23.70 ft (7.22 m) Grove: Irvine Grove Discovery Date:
Age: 1,500 y Park: Prairie Creek Redwoods SP Discovered By:

Notes: Big Tree, also known as Elk Tree and Elk Grove Tree, is the 16th largest coast redwood, the 7th largest tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and the largest tree in James Irvine Grove. Big Tree should not be confused with False Elk (also known as The Parthenon) which grows nearby in Ferguson Grove.

Drive: Big Tree is 262 mi (422 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 1.8 mi (2.9 km) on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway and turn right into the to the Big Tree Wayside parking lot 0.4 mi (0.6 km) past Cal-Barrel Road.

Hike: From the trailhead at the northeastern corner of the parking lot, hike east 40 ft (12 m) to the junction with Foothill Trail. Turn left at the trail junction and hike north 250 ft (76 m) on Foothill Trail to Big Tree. Itís big. You canít miss it.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 250 ft (76 m) Ascent: 0 ft (0 m)
Time: 2 min Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 0 ft (0 m)
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