West Ridge Giant - 13th Largest Coast Redwood
Height: 244.00+ ft (74.37+ m) Elevation: 171 ft (52 m) GPS Latitude: 41.36761
Volume: 29,541 ft3 (837 m3) Creek: Godwood Creek GPS Longitude: -124.02267
Width: 23.00 ft (7.01 m) Grove: Walker Grove Discovery Date: 1991
Age: 2,500 y Park: Prairie Creek Redwoods SP Discovered By: Michael W.Taylor

Notes: West Ridge Giant is the 13th largest single-stem coast redwood, the 7th largest tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and the largest tree in Clinton L. Walker Grove. Naturalist Michael Taylor named the tree after the West Ridge Trail nearby.

Drive: West Ridge Giant is 261 mi (420 km) north of San Francisco near the community of Orick.

From U.S. Highway 101 just north of Orick take exit 753 Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. Drive north 1.2 mi (1.9 km) on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway to Prairie Creek Road. Turn left onto Prairie Creek Road and park near the Prairie Creek Visitor Center.

Hike: West Ridge Giant grows on the eastern side of Godwood Creek in Clinton L. Walker Grove. To reach West Ridge Giant, hike northeast from the Prairie Creek Visitor Center, cross the bridge over Prairie Creek, and turn right/north at the second intersection onto West Ridge Trail. Hike north on West Ridge Trail past the Clinton L. Walker Grove bench, located at 41.36717 -124.02313, where the trail turns abruptly right/east. About 40 ft (12 m) past the bench, you will see West Ridge Giant off to your left. Leave the the trail here and hike north 160 ft (49 m) off-trail to West Ridge Giant. Look for a distinctive W-shaped (W for West Ridge) bark pattern about 40 ft (12 m) up the southwest side of the trunk.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 0.4 mi (0.6 km) Ascent: 23 ft (7 m)
Time: 12 min Off-Trail: 160 ft (49 m) Descent: 0 ft (0 m)
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