JEEPING THROUGH THE GIANTS
Exploring the Redwoods is something that has always been on my bucket list. During my time in the Pacific Northwest, I took a few trips down Route 101 to adventure through a forest of the tallest trees in the world. The experience was unreal!
Redwoods are the tallest trees on earth, which sure isn’t surprising when you see them in real life. These trees can grow over 300 feet tall and some are over 2,000 years old. For perspective, the “massive” Redwoods we tend to see are only 50-150 years old. 🤯 The tallest known Redwood stands at a whopping 380 feet tall – which is 60 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty.
Standing in a forest of Redwoods feels like another world. Even Jurassic Park and Star Wars movies were filmed here! These iconic trees have been around for over 240 million years, appearing right after the dinosaurs roamed the earth.
The wild thing about Redwoods is that they only grow on the Pacific Coast of the USA, specifically from Big Sur through Northern California. These trees are also resistant to fire, bugs, and rot. The bark can be up to 1 foot thick, which makes them able to outlive many things that ordinary trees can’t.
There are about 160,000 acres of Redwoods currently protected, boasting a variety of parks that you can go to see these amazing trees. The Redwoods National and States Parks consist of 4 parks containing 45% of the remaining old-growth Redwoods. There are other parks in California you can go visit and see these amazing trees as well.
Depending on when you visit you might want to prepare for fog, but don’t be mad about it! The Redwoods get almost 40% of their moisture intake annually from fog. This is vital during the hotter summer months.
It is important to preserve such a unique tree. In the past, Redwoods were cut down and used for construction (sigh). The Redwoods are also home to endangered animals, so be sure to respect the nature and wildlife while you visit. It is possible with proper care, the forest can be regrown for future generations to share and explore.