Grove of Titans

Notes: The Grove of Titans, discovered by Humboldt State University forestry professor Stephen C. Sillett and naturalist Michael W. Taylor on May 11, 1998, is located beside Mill Creek within National Tribute Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

The Grove of Titans includes the coast redwood with the widest branch (El Viejo del Norte) and 3 of the 10 largest coast redwoods (Del Norte Titan, El Viejo del Norte, and Lost Monarch). The grove contains 5 trees larger than 25,000 ft3 (708 m3), 3 trees larger than 30,000 ft3 (850 m3), 2 trees larger than 35,000 ft3 (991 m3), and 1 tree larger than 40,000 ft3 (1,133 m3).

The Grove of Titans includes the following coast redwoods:

Lost Monarch is the largest tree and Del Norte Titan is the largest single-stem tree in the Grove of Titans.

The Grove of Titans is featured (for 10.5 minutes) in the BBC Radio 4 Nature program James and the Giant Redwoods.

Drive: Grove of Titans 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) 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 then 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 0.7 mi (1.1 km) on Mill Creek Trail to the Grove of Titans.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 0.8 mi (1.3 km) Ascent: 385 ft (117 m)
Time: 40 min Off-Trail: 250 ft (76 m) Descent: 162 ft (189 m)
Grove of Titans Hike Map

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Photos: Pictures of Grove of Titans

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