Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Drive-Through Redwood Trees

When I take people on tours of Muir Woods, they frequently ask about the redwood tree one can drive through.  The most famous drive-through tree was a Giant Sequoia in Yosemite National Park that fell in the 1970s.  There has never been a drive-through tree in Muir Woods.  However, there are three privately owned drive-through redwoods in the northern part of the state at Leggett (Mendocino County), Meyers Flat (along the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt County), and Klamath (near Redwood National Park in Del Norte County).

Yesterday, I finally drove through one of these trees: the Chandelier Tree at Leggett.  At 315 feet tall, the tree is taller than all of the redwoods in Muir Woods but shorter than the Hyperion Tree, the tallest redwood at 379 feet tall

The Blue Heron mobile made it through with about 4 inches to spare with both rear view mirrors collapsed.

These three trees are the last of a kind.  When they fall, there will no longer be drive-through trees as we now preserve our first growth redwoods.

If you would like to take a private tour through the far norther of California that includes a drive through a redwood tree, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com

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