Mother and Daughter - World's 13th Tallest Tree
Height: 367.50+ ft (112.01+ m) Elevation: 259 ft (79 m) GPS Latitude: 40.34966
Volume: Creek: Bull Creek GPS Longitude: -123.98429
Width: 11.80 ft (3.60 m) Grove: Harper Flat Discovery Date:
Age: Park: Humboldt Redwoods SP Discovered By:

Notes: Mother and Daughter is is the world's 13th tallest tree, the 7th tallest tree in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and the 2nd tallest tree on Harper Flat.

Drive: Mother and Daughter is 197 mi (317 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. Hike from the parking lot 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. Turn left just past a large snag on your left near 40.34961 -123.98339. Exit the trail here and, using a GPS device, hike west 260 ft (79 m) off-trail, around a fallen log and past Apex to Mother and Daughter. After visiting Mother and Daughter, hike east 68 ft (21 m) off-trail to Apex, hike north 387 ft (118 m) off-trail to Alice Rhodes, hike northwest 79 ft (24 m) off-trail to Valentine, hike west 170 ft (52 m) off-trail Pyramid Giant, hike west 341 ft (104 m) off-trail to Brutus, or hike west 463 ft (141 m) off-trail to Randy Stoltmann.

Shortcut: If Bull Creek is low enough and you feel comfortable crossing the creek atop a fallen log, take this shortcut to Harper Flat which reduces hiking time by 20 minutes each way. Park at a pullout on Mattole Road, across from the Look Prairie Road sign, just before the Harper Creek sign. From the pullout, hike west on Big Tree Trail and turn left/south just before the bridge over Harper Creek. Hike south toward Bull Creek, turn right/west, and follow the path to a large fallen log which spans Bull Creek. Hike southeast across the fallen log to Harper Flat. If Bull Creek is impassable or you are unable to walk across the fallen log, take the longer route via the Big Trees Area described above.

Creek Warning: Mother and Daughter 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 Mother and Daughter from July through October when Bull Creek is low enough to wade across. To visit Mother and Daughter whenever Bull Creek is impassable, use the 1.0 mi (1.6 km) longer alternate route via Bull Creek Flats Trail South.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 0.75 mi (1.2 km) Ascent: 93 ft (28 m)
Time: 30 min Off-Trail: 260 ft (79 m) Descent: 89 ft (27 m)
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