Zeus - 28th Largest Coast Redwood
Height: 334.22+ ft (101.87+ m) Elevation: 180 ft (55 m) GPS Latitude: 41.36652
Volume: 24,777 ft3 (702 m3) Creek: Boyes Creek GPS Longitude: -124.01419
Width: 22.15 ft (6.75 m) Grove: Atlas Grove Discovery Date: 1991
Age: 1,120 y Park: Prairie Creek Redwoods SP Discovered By: Michael W. Taylor

Notes: Zeus is the 28th largest single-stem coast redwood, the 17th largest tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and the tallest and 4th largest tree in Atlas Grove. Humboldt State University forestry professor Stephen C. Sillett named the tree after the Greek Olympian Zeus, god of the sky, son of Kronos and Rhea and brother of Demeter. Zeus has the world's deepest measured crown, over 300 ft (91 m), and is the 5th fastest-growing redwood yet measured; it grew an average of 40.7 ft3 (1.15 m3) and 1,150 lb (520 kg) each year over a recent decade.

Sillett published a photograph of Kronos (L), Demeter (C), and Rhea (R) taken from Zeus. The National Geographic Explorer program Climbing Redwood Giants (from 4:27 to 6:31) features a climb of Zeus.

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

From U.S. Highway 101 just north of Orick exit 753 Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. Drive north 1.5 mi (2.4 km) on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway to Cal-Barrel Road. Turn right onto Cal-Barrel Road, drive east 650 ft (198 m), and park just before the road turns left through a gate.

Hike: From the parking area hike southeast 365 ft (111 m) off-trail to Zeus.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 365 ft (111 m) Ascent: 0 ft (0 m)
Time: 5 min Off-Trail: 365 ft (111 m) Descent: 0 ft (0 m)
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Photos: Pictures of Zeus Tree taken from different sides

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