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Grove of Titans

Here is a short introduction to the Grove of Titans in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Maybe you are already familiar with these giant redwoods from an article, or maybe Preston’s book called “The Wild Trees”.

The photo to the right is Del Norte Titan, one of those big redwoods.

To spare space here, you can find reams more info about these from my Redwoods information page.

See Coast Redwoods Information

Several redwoods have a separate page. Look for Lost Monarch, Del Norte Titan and Screaming Titans.

For now, I’m not planning to distribute a map.

A few folks have found the grove, but any wear was inconsequential, even reversing in 2009.

Is ancient redwood tissue and antique glass technically a liquid?

Copyright 2009 ~ Mario Vaden

Huge coast redwood tree at Jedediah Smith redwoods

A large and very old redwood tree with unusually shaped growth next to the trunk.

Ever had any friends in the window cleaning business who told you that glass is really a liquid, and slowly flows over decades or centuries. Even historic buildings like churches have thicker panes at the bottom. So is this true? I’ll get back to that.

The tree in the photo is a very old coast redwood near the Grove of Titans. Can you see growth alongside the left side of the trunk? It does have a sprouted stem on top of it, and its not apparent if some part of it was a dangling branch at one point in time. But its laying to tight against the main trunk to be just a branch. In some ways it looks like a growth sometimes referred to as a lignotuber, more so than a burl.

In Jedediah Smith Redwoods, and other redwood parks, the redwood trees occassionally make this kind of growth, which almost seems like flowing tissue, as if it were wooden lava. Flowing so slowly that its undetectable to the human eye. Similar to how icicles form over weeks or months,

Whatever you want to call this, and however long it takes, it does not flow, and there is nothing liquid about the state of the wood tissue. It’s all a matter of cell division and growth, but sort of unusual compared to many we see along the trail.

Likewise, glass is not a liquid, but is solid. Glass is generally classed as an amorphous solid rather than a liquid, having all mechanical properties of a solid.

In historic buildings, the antique glass which is centuries old, was made by glass blowers who spun glass, causing the edges to be slightly thicker. It did not flow thicker at the bottom of the panes over time, it was made that way. The thicker edges were intentionally put at the bottom of the frame to reduce water or condensation accumulation around the lead. And a few pieces have been found where the thicker edge is up, and the thinner edge down: likely an oversight or carelessness back in that day.

In the redwoods, if you have not seen this kind of unusual growth before, slow down a bit when you hike and look at a few more redwoods. Glance deeper into the forest and see what you can find.

Coast Redwoods

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park: Boy Scout Tree Trail

Boy Scout Tree Trail in the redwood forest

Boy Scout Tree Trail in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

This scene is from Boy Scout Tree Trail in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. If you want to hike there, and have not been to the area before, search for the redwood park information center in Crescent City, California.

This is one of the best trails in the north redwood parks between Avenue of the Giants and the Smith River. Jedediah Smith redwoods is between Hiouchi on Highway 199 and Crescent City on Highway 101. To reach the trailhead, you need to use the old Howland Hill Road through the midst of the park.

There is a small waterfall near the end of the trail, called Fern Falls. The Boyscout Tree, after which the trail is named, is about 80% of the way to the end. Its not marked. But at some point in the hike, you should notice a worn path going up a hillside to the right. That’s the path to take. The tree is only a couple of hundred feet or so off the main trail.

One of my favorite areas along the trail, is a huge fern glade, part of which is in the photograph seen here. A wide open vista of western sword ferns, and redwood tree trunks.

For specifics, visit this site and find Jedediah Smith redwoods:

First visit to redwoods at age 89

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Eleanor Vaden in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park: Image Copyright - Mario Vaden 2008

This is my mother Eleanor Vaden, during her first visit to the coast redwoods, in 2008. Driving back home, she said it was the most peaceful place she has ever been in her life.

My mother grew up in Canada, and lived about half her life there, and half here in Oregon. In all those years, she had never been to the redwoods. So before we moved back up to Beaverton, Oregon, from the Jacksonville and Medford area, she tagged along with me for a ride to the north redwoods.

We spent most of the time at Simpson Reed Discovery Trail and Stout Grove. Both trails are pretty smooth and not too long. Perfect for senior citizens. Or handicapped folks, should you know any who are looking for a good place to view redwood forest. The day ended with a drive aloing Howland Hill Road which stretches through the midst of the park.

An abundant life is not dependent upon seeing this magnificent forest. But if you want to see these redwoods, its got to happen while you live and breath. And its a fine way to enjoy the Creator’s handiwork.

In the photo, mother is next to a fallen redwood that is supporting a garden of plants nearly 20 feet high. The tree was enormous when it grew. You need to see it in person to realize the size.

M. D. Vaden Coast Redwood Page

Michael Taylor ~ Redwood Explorer

Michael Taylor in the Redwood Forest

Michael Taylor the Tree Discovery Man: Image Copyright 2008 by Mario Vaden

This is Michael Taylor who discovered many of the largest known coast redwoods along the west coast of the United States, in California.

There should be a page with more information about him at Wikipedia:

Wikipedia: Michael Taylor

He is seen here getting a rough preliminary measurement for a coast redwood or Douglas fir, in the vicinity of Lost Man Creek: Redwood National Park.

Michael Taylor is one of the main characters in a book by Richard Preston, called The Wild Trees. In Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast by Robert Van Pelt, Michael is also seen in one photo for size comparson. And a brief appearance in a National Georgraphic video about the discovery of Hyperion, the tallest tree in the world, discovered by himself and Chris Atkins, in 2006. I am looking forward to Michael launching his own website one of these days.

For more about Redwoods, see:

Largest and Tallest Coast Redwood Trees