Minaret - World's 10th Tallest Tree
Height: 369.00+ ft (112.47+ m) Elevation: 238 ft (73 m) GPS Latitude: 40.34834
Volume: Creek: Bull Creek GPS Longitude: -123.96594
Width: 10.70 ft (3.26 m) Grove: Middle Bull Creek Flat Discovery Date:
Age: Park: Humboldt Redwoods SP Discovered By: Michael W. Taylor

Notes: Minaret is the world's 10th tallest tree, the 5th tallest tree in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and the tallest tree on Middle Bull Creek Flat.

Drive: Minaret is 196 mi (315 km) north of San Francisco near the community of Weott.

Northbound: From U.S. Highway 101 just north of Weott, take exit 663 South Fork Honeydew and turn left onto California State Route 254 (Avenue of the Giants). Turn left under the bridge onto Bull Creek/Mattole Road.

Southbound: From U.S. Highway 101 just north of Weott, take exit 663 South Fork Honeydew and turn right onto Bull Creek/Mattole Road.

Drive west 4.4 mi (7.1 km) on Bull Creek/Mattole Road to the entrance for the Big Trees Area. Turn left here and continue to the Big Trees Area parking lot.

Hike: GPS-assisted navigation is recommended for this hike. From the parking lot, hike toward Bull Creek and cross the seasonal footbridge, if available. The trail veers left/east just after you cross the footbridge. In 400 ft (122 m), turn right/south toward Giant Tree. Pass to the right of Giant Tree and, when you reach the first Bull Creek Flats trail marker, turn left. When you reach the Johnson Camp Trail sign, turn left again toward the Bull Creek Trail sign. Hike east another 1.4 mi (2.3 km) on Bull Creek Flats Trail South to the trail exit point near 40.34666 -123.96686. Leave the trail here and, using a GPS device, hike northeast 0.1 mi (0.2 km) off-trail to Minaret.

Shortcut: If Bull Creek is low enough to wade across, take this shortcut to Middle Bull Creek Flat which reduces hiking time by 45 minutes each way. Park at a turnout on the right/north side of Mattole Road near Cow Creek. Using a GPS device, from the turnout, hike southwest 0.15 mi (0.24 km) off-trail, following Cow Creek, to Bull Creek. Cross Bull Creek and hike southwest another 0.1 mi (0.2 km) off-trail to Minaret.

Creek Warning: Minaret is not accessible from the Big Trees Area parking lot when Bull Creek has high water levels and the seasonal footbridge is not installed. It is best to visit Minaret from July through October when Bull Creek is low enough to wade across. To visit Minaret whenever Bull Creek is impassable, use the 1.0 mi (1.6 km) longer alternate route via Bull Creek Flats Trail South.

Rating: Moderate One-Way Distance: 1.9 mi (3.0 km) Ascent: 242 ft (74 m)
Time: 1 hr 30 min Off-Trail: 0.1 mi (0.2 km) Descent: 258 ft (79 m)
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