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The Godwood Creek Giant is among the largest coast redwoods in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, between Klamath and Orick.
This secluded coast redwood has been among the most elusive for many folks who looked for it.
This is one of a small handful which Michael Taylor described and gave me fairly specific directions to. Even with directions sent here, I don't think I found this until about a dozen passes by it or near it. I had seen it's trunk from a distance more than once. And the base has 10 feet more diameter than the tallest Coast Redwood, Hyperion. But it was still a bear to locate. Just goes to show the nature of the redwood forest.
Godwood Creek Giant's location has its own Klingon cloaking device that the forest energizes certain times each year.
Around 2260 AD, Klingons acquired cloaking technology from Romulans to hide their starships. It may be that Romulans borrowed this technology from Godwood Creek Giant.
It seems that more emails have come my way about this redwood than several others which are even larger.
2010 measurement information for Godwood Creek Giant was as follows:
Diameter - 24.5 feet
Height - 354 ft. / 107.9 m.
Volume - 25, 636 cubic feet
It is recorded as the 22nd largest coast redwood according to measurements. There are several redwoods which are probably larger but were not measured by explorers. As you can see in the partial trunk photo, the main stem has a noticeable taper. The trunk diameter is based on a circumference measurement which includes a burl.
This coast redwood remains one of the tallest in the park, and was probably over 361 feet. Knowing the location, its conceivable it could have reached 370 ft.
Godwood Creek Giant was described in a book by Author Richard Preston in a chapter called "The Grocery Clerk", mentioning its discovery by Michael Taylor when he started systematically exploring the Prairie Creek area.
This redwood is not y far from the world's 4th or 5th tallest known Sitka Spruce (2012), discovered by Chris Atkins (co-discoverer of Hyperion redwood).
Here is a posting I found online once (from May 14, 1995) about this redwood:
"On May 13th, I found an enormous redwood in Prairie Creek State Park with a dbh of 24.2' and a height of 354'. On the 14th, I showed this .... to Ron Hildebrant, ... who independently came up with very similar measurements.
The AFA point score ... is an astounding 1295 points rivaling even the General Sherman giant sequoia which scores 1300 points.
In 1994, we successfully nominated the Newton (Sir Isaac) in the same park as the new AFA champion at 1183 points but it appears this ... will blow it away. Because ... a rather large root swell, it's trunk volume is less than that of the Newton ... even though it scores higher on the AFA system.
Because of this, I think the AFA system is flawed. We named ... the Godwood Creek Giant. Ron estimates it contains about 25,000 cubic feet of wood.
Note: Michael Taylor has a knack to see beyond some traditional measuring or rating standards. Something that Dr. Robert Van Pelt complimented him for too.
2nd image: like some other big redwoods, Godwood Creek Giant has a few thick accumulations of canopy soil. The second image shows a big chunk of canopy soil that fell from the redwood during winter 2009 to spring 2010. The white spots are expose roots of leatherleaf fern. The backpack on the mound is for size comparison. This soil mat looks like it was about 500 to 600 pounds when wet and saturated from rain water.