Paul Zinke - World's 21st Tallest Tree
Height: 365.39+ ft (111.37+ m) Elevation: 191 ft (58 m) GPS Latitude: 40.34140
Volume: 7,685 ft3 (218 m3) Creek: Bull Creek GPS Longitude: -123.94507
Width: 9.51 ft (2.9 m) Grove: Lower Bull Creek Flat Discovery Date:
Age: 553 y Park: Humboldt Redwoods SP Discovered By:

Notes: Paul Zinke is the world's 21st tallest tree, the 12th tallest tree in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and the 3rd tallest tree on Lower Bull Creek Flat. Naturalist Michael W. Taylor named the tree to honor University of California at Berkeley forestry professor Paul J. Zinke who discovered Dyerville Giant, Laurelin, Paradox, and Telperion.

Drive: Paul Zinke 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: GPS-assisted navigation is recommended for this 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. Turn right and hike southwest 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on Rockefeller Loop Trail then veer right at the Burlington sign toward the junction with Bull Creek Flats Trail North. Turn right at the trail junction and hike northwest 0.15 mi (0.24 km) on Bull Creek Flats Trail North to the trail exit point near 40.34120 -123.94578. Leave the trail here and, using a GPS device, hike northeast 220 ft (67 m), between fallen redwood logs, to Paul Zinke.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 0.5 mi (0.8 km) Ascent: 71 ft (22 m)
Time: 20 min Off-Trail: 220 ft (67 m) Descent: 60 ft (18 m)
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