Pipe Dream - World's 14th Tallest Tree
Height: 367.10+ ft (111.89+ m) Elevation: 223 ft (68 m) GPS Latitude: 40.34728
Volume: 15,360 ft3 (435 m3) Creek: Bull Creek GPS Longitude: -123.96152
Width: 14.00 ft (4.27 m) Grove: Middle Bull Creek Flat Discovery Date: 1996
Age: 1,340 y Park: Humboldt Redwoods State Park Discovered By: Stephen C. Sillett
Michael W. Taylor

Notes: Pipe Dream is the world's 14th tallest tree, the 8th tallest tree in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and the 2nd tallest tree on Middle Bull Creek Flat. The area surrounding Pipe Dream is also known as Patriarch Forest and Patriarch Grove. Pipe Dream is also the 21st fastest-growing redwood yet measured; it grew an average of 23.0 ft3 (0.65 m3) and 578 lb (262 kg) each year over a recent decade.

Humboldt State University forestry professor Stephen C. Sillett photographed the intermingled crowns of John Muir and Pipe Dream from the crown of Bull Creek Giant.

Drive: Pipe Dream is 233 mi (375 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. In approximately 2.0 mi (3.2 km), you will encounter a cut log on your right next to a splintered log on your left. Turn left just past the next tree beside the trail and, using a GPS device, follow a small gully north/downhill 464 ft (141 m) off-trail to Bull Creek Giant. As you hike down the gully, walk over a log, veer to your left, and then pass under another log to reach the valley floor. Continue straight across the valley floor until you see a long, fallen tree on your left. Follow this fallen tree, past Bull Creek Giant, and hike northeast 400 ft (122 m) off-trail to Pipe Dream. After visiting John Muir, hike northeast 50 ft (15 m) off-trail to John Muir.

Creek Warning: Pipe Dream 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 Pipe Dream from July through October when Bull Creek is low enough to wade across. To visit Pipe Dream whenever Bull Creek is impassable, use the 1.2 mi (1.9 km) longer alternate route via Bull Creek Flats Trail.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 2.4 mi (3.9 km) Ascent: 122 ft (37 m)
Time: 50 min Off-Trail: 840 ft (256 m) Descent: 186 ft (57 m)
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Photos: Pictures of Pipe Dream Tree taken from different sides

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