|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:||1,136 y||Park:||Prairie Creek Redwoods SP||Discovered By:||Michael W. Taylor|
Notes: Zeus is the 29th largest single-stem coast redwood, the 16th largest tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and the tallest and 3rd 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 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 Preston published a photograph of Kronos (left), Rhea (center), and Zeus (right). 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