Knotty Lady
Height: Elevation: 171 ft (52 m) GPS Latitude: 41.36892
Volume: Creek: Godwood Creek GPS Longitude: -124.02475
Width: Grove: Walker Grove Discovery Date:
Age: Park: Prairie Creek Redwoods SP Discovered By:

Notes: Knotty Lady, also known as Skull Rack, was named for the numerous burls, or knots, on its trunk.

Drive: Knotty Lady 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 1.2 mi (1.9 km) on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway to Prairie Creek Road. Turn left onto Prairie Creek Road and park near the Prairie Creek Visitor Center.

Hike: Knotty Lady grows on the eastern side of Godwood Creek in Clinton L. Walker Grove. Walker Grove is accessible via the old (unmarked and unmaintained) James Irvine Trail. To reach the old James Irvine Trail, hike northeast from the Prairie Creek Visitor Center, cross the bridge over Prairie Creek, and turn right/north at the second intersection onto West Ridge Trail. Near the Clinton L. Walker Grove bench, located where West Ridge Trail turns abruptly right/east, at 41.36717 -124.02313, continue straight (beyond the bench) onto the old James Irvine Trail. Hike north 850 ft (259 m) on the old James Irvine Trail, past James Irvine Giant and Godwood Creek Giant, to Knotty Lady located on the right/east side of the trail.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 0.6 mi (1.0 km) Ascent: 23 ft (7 m)
Time: 14 min Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 0 ft (0 m)
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