Saturday, August 1, 2015

Video of Redwood National Park’s trees

Day hikers can walk beneath some of the planet's largest organisms at Redwood National Park in California.

Though the sequoias of the Sierra Nevada range are larger than coastal redwoods in volume, the latter usually grows taller. Coastal Redwoods can reach up to 30 stories high. Comparatively, the world’s largest animal – a blue whale – usually is only about 1/16th the size of a redwood.

Just how big do redwoods get in human terms? Compare the hikers on the walking path to the redwood on the trail's right side in this video:

You can see some of the largest redwoods (They also are among the planet’s oldest living organisms.) on the Travel Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, a 10-mile scenic drive, and then hike the 0.25-mile round trip Big Tree Wayside Trail to the Big Tree, which soars 28 stories high.

Also see:
Best trails for experiencing Redwood National Park’s wonders

Learn more about national park day hiking trails in my Best Sights to See at America’s National Parks guidebook.