El Viejo del Norte - 8th Largest Coast Redwood
Height: 323.82+ ft (98.70+ m) Elevation: 155 ft (47 m) GPS Latitude: 41.77852
Volume: 30,784 ft3 (872 m3) Creek: Mill Creek GPS Longitude: -124.10065
Width: 22.10 ft (6.74 m) Grove: Grove of Titans Discovery Date: May 11, 1998
Age: 1,700 y Park: Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP Discovered By: Stephen C. Sillett
Michael W. Taylor

Notes: El Viejo del Norte, Spanish for old man of the north, is the 8th largest single-stem coast redwood, the 5th largest (4th largest single-stem) tree in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and the 3rd largest (2nd largest single-stem) tree in the Grove of Titans. Humboldt State University forestry professor Stephen C. Sillett and naturalist Michael W. Taylor named the tree El Viejo del Norte to emphasize its gnarled appearance.

El Viejo del Norte has the widest branch (9.19 ft (2.80 m)) of any coast redwood and contains one of the largest arboreal fern mats 25 ft (8 m) long, 6 ft (2 m) wide, and 3 ft (1 m) thick nearly 260 ft (79 m) above ground.

Videographer Arnold D. Cooper published an aerial flyover of El Viejo del Norte (mislabeled as Lost Monarch). Humboldt State Universisty forestry professor Stephen C. Sillett photographed the crown of Lost Monarch and the crown of Screaming Titans from El Viejo del Norte. El Viejo del Norte is featured (for 1.5 minutes) in the BBC Radio 4 Nature program James and the Giant Redwoods.

Drive: El Viejo del Norte is 290 mi (467 km) north of San Francisco near Crescent City.

Northbound: From U.S. Highway 101, exit Humboldt Road just south of Crescent City. Turn right onto Humboldt Road and drive north 1.5 mi (2.4 km) to Howland Hill Road. Turn right onto Howland Hill Road and drive 3.8 mi (6.1 km), past Howland Hill Giant, to the parking area located at 41.77243 -124.09940.

Southbound: From U.S. Highway 101, exit Elk Valley Road just south of Crescent City. Turn left onto Elk Valley Road and drive east 1.1 mi (1.8 km) to Howland Hill Road. Turn right onto Howland Hill Road and drive 4.4 mi (7.1 km) to the parking area located at 41.77243 -124.09940.

There are two turnouts on the right/east side of the road. Park at the first turnout which is closest to the trailhead sign on the opposite side of the road.

Hike: From the trailhead sign, hike north 0.8 mi (1.3 km) on Mill Creek Trail to 41.77848 -124.10006. Turn left/west at a set of trees where you see El Viejo del Norte's unmistakable protrusion. Leave the trail here and hike west 150 ft (46 m) off-trail to El Viejo Del Norte.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 0.8 mi (1.3 km) Ascent: 181 ft (55 m)
Time: 40 min Off-Trail: 150 ft (46 m) Descent: 204 ft (62 m)
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