Lost Monarch - Largest Multi-Stem Coast Redwood
Height: 321.00+ ft (97.84+ m) Elevation: 157 ft (48 m) GPS Latitude: 41.77814
Volume: 42,500 ft3 (1,203 m3) Creek: Mill Creek GPS Longitude: -124.10075
Width: 26.00 ft (7.92 m) Grove: Grove of Titans Discovery Date: May 11, 1998
Age: Park: Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP Discovered By: Stephen C. Sillett
Michael W. Taylor

Notes: Lost Monarch, also known as Súlimo, is the largest multi-stem coast redwood and the largest tree in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Although Lost Monarch (1290 AF points) has been the official American Forests (formerly American Forestry Association) national champion coast redwood since 1998, Juggernaut (1359 AF points), discovered in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park on June 2, 2014, is the unofficial (still unnominated) champion. Total volume includes main trunk and branches, 34,926 ft3 (989 m3), plus two large basal sprouts, 7,663 ft3 (217 m3), which emerge on the north side of the tree. These sprouts remain fused with the main trunk for nearly 20 ft (6 m) before diverging as individual stems. While Lost Monarch and its basal sprouts may be genetically identical, some experts consider them separate trees which share a common root system.

Humboldt State University forestry professor Stephen C. Sillett photographed the crown of Lost Monarch from El Viejo del Norte. Lost Monarch is featured (for 2 minutes) in the BBC Radio 4 Nature program James and the Giant Redwoods.

Drive: Lost Monarch 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 1.5 mi (2.4 km) north 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 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 (1.2 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. Turn left/south and hike south 50 ft (15 m) off-trail to Lost Monarch.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 0.8 mi (1.3 km) Ascent: 162 ft (49 m)
Time: 40 min Off-Trail: 250 ft (76 m) Descent: 189 ft (58 m)
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