Copyright 2017 by Mario Vaden
Meet "DARTH VADER " ... the dark giant of Redwood National and State Parks. I was going to add this to the mystery redwoods. But it looks so amazing I decided to share both name and photo together. The camera and lens were aimed horizontal, and the actual trunk shape is basically what's shown below. January 13, 2017. The morning sun was too bright for photography but great for exploring. I grabbed my oldest pack, one camera and compass, then explored a new patch of old growth. This grove has seen plenty of fire. Nearby, there was a huge exposed root system every bit as large as the old Dyerville Giant in Humboldt Founder's Grove. Black bear trails were all over the place. It's easy to tell those were bear trails because people don't go up here, plus bears walk low under fronds. On logs, the claw scratches were evident. Big scratches from big bears.
This is not the so-called Darth Vader mask redwood of Berry Glen trail called the "monster tree". This one is elsewhere, much more enormous, and better suited for the name. Like some other new finds, I don't provide maps. The photo is meant to inspire enthusiasm to those who are planning a vacation to the redwoods. Just find a few trails, keep your eyes peeled, and you will spot many huge coast redwoods in most of Redwood National and State Parks. The 2nd image below was taken for fun with two friends, very close to this massive redwood ... the power of the force is strong with this one.
Image: scroll down to find the human at bottom right side for scale