Paradox - World's 5th Tallest Tree
Height: 371.78+ ft (113.32+ m) Elevation: 165 ft (50 m) GPS Latitude: 40.34039
Volume: 12,239 ft3 (347 m3) Creek: Bull Creek GPS Longitude: -123.94141
Width: 12.80 ft (3.90 m) Grove: Lower Bull Creek Flat Discovery Date: 1966
Age: 1,180 y Park: Humboldt Redwoods SP Discovered By: Alan G. Stangenberger
Paul J. Zinke

Notes: Paradox is the world's 5th tallest tree, the 2nd tallest tree in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and the tallest tree on Lower Bull Creek Flat. University of California at Berkeley forestry professor Paul J. Zinke and graduate student Alan G. Stangenberger discovered Paradox from Duckett Bluff, near Dyerville, in 1966 but did not name the tree. In February 1993, Zinke told naturalist Michael W. Taylor where to search for his Three Peas in a Pod (then-unnamed Laurelin, Paradox, and Telperion) which, Zinke suspected, were the world's tallest trees. When Taylor found Paradox later, he named it Paradox because he felt it had an unusually-thin trunk for such a tall tree.

Paradox held the title of world's tallest tree until Taylor and fellow naturalist Ron Hildebrant measured Mendocino in Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve in summer 1995. At current average annual growth rates, Paradox, 7.4 in/y (18.9 cm/y) since 1995, should overtake Hyperion, 1.5 in/y (3.9 cm/y) since 2006, as the world's tallest tree in 2031. Paradox is also the 24th fastest-growing redwood yet measured; it grew an average of 21.1 ft3 (0.60 m3) and 713 lb (323 kg) each year over a recent decade.

Drive: Paradox is 195 mi (314 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 on to 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 1.6 mi (2.6 km) on Bull Creek/Mattole Road to a sign on the left/south side of the road which reads Rockefeller Forest - Lower Bull Creek Flat. Just past the sign, turn left down a steep road toward the Lower Bull Creek Flat parking area.

Hike: From the trailhead, hike past the Bull Creek Flats Trail sign to the Rockefeller Forest Loop Trail sign approximately 120 ft (36 m) from the parking lot. Hike south 500 ft (152 m) off-trail behind this sign, following a long log off to your right, toward Paradox. Veer around a set of trees and then hike between the next set of trees until you see Paradox behind a jumble of logs.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 600 ft (183 m) Ascent: 0 ft (0 m)
Time: 3 min Off-Trail: 500 ft (152 m) Descent: 3 ft (1 m)
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