Height: 334.22+ ft (101.87+ m) Elevation: 180 ft (55 m) GPS Latitude: 41.36652
Volume: 23,073 ft3 (653 m3) Creek: Boyes Creek GPS Longitude: -124.01419
Width: 22.24 ft (6.78 m) Grove: Atlas Grove Discovery Date: 1991
Age: 1,150 y Park: Prairie Creek Redwoods SP Discovered By: Michael W. Taylor

Notes: Zeus is the 16th largest tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and the tallest and 3rd largest tree in Atlas Grove. Cal Poly Humboldt 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 and Poseidon. Zeus has the world's deepest measured crown, over 300 ft (91 m), and is the 4th fastest-growing redwood yet measured; it gained an average of 1,501 lb (681 kg) aboveground biomass each year during a recent decade.

Sillett published a photograph of Kronos (left), Demeter (center), and Rhea (right) taken from Zeus. Author Richard M. Preston published photographs of Sillett and botanist Marie E. Antoine climbing Zeus. The National Geographic Explorer program Climbing Redwood Giants features a climb of Zeus.

Zeus is directly in the path of the August 12, 2045 total solar eclipse.

Drive: Zeus is 262 mi (422 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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