Copyright 2009 - 2017 by Mario Vaden
Note: When you have a moment, read the page about trunks Fusion vs. Confusion.
Update 1/ 2017: natural light was optimum around the trunk and revealed exactly where large trunks fused centuriies ago to form Howland Hill Giant as it appears today. It's original two trunks were north and south and I photographed both east and west to document the details. I can say with 100% confidence that Howland Hill Giant is no less than two trunks fused or merged-together. Just like Sir Isaac redwood, I would need to teach someone at the site how those redwoods supply their characteristic testimonial. The clues relate to cambium, growth and shapes where the bark of each trunk left a signature. It's like finding small details in a genuine $100 bill.
I left 6th largest archived in the heading which was written back in 2009. After new discoveries Howland Hill Giant is at most the 8th or 9th largest coast redwood. This is one of few redwoods where tips are offered to find it. Just keep an eye out for when you move through the park. It can be spotted without a bushwhack. The name was not just a roll of the dice. Howland Hill Giant is in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. When first discovered by Michael Taylor in 1990, found to be one of the largest coast redwoods, the 6th largest at the time. 2009 data was:
330 ft. tall, 19.1' diameter dbh and 33,500 cubic feet wood volume
Michael Taylor upgraded the diameter to 19.8 ft.. The 330' height is impressive for a titan size redwood. Although the lower trunk was not as wide as Lost Monarch, Arco Giant and others, it's bole does not taper much. That and the extra height placed this coast redwood among the 20 largest known coast redwoods. It was once measured from the ground and stated as the only trunk on earth known to have a stem 6 ft. diameter at 300'. But one researcher informed me that the trunk is not that wide at 300 ft.. The slow taper makes it look smaller than it really is.
Some speculated this is one of few true single stem coast redwoods, but that's speculation. In 2015 I looked more carefully at the trunk and one side in particular shows the chance of it being fused. But one side of Howland Hill Giant, especially above 60 feet has tell-tell signs of fusion and included bark from centuries ago. Sometime when natural light shines different, this will become more clear.
Here are two photos from two different years. The first photo was the cover of 101 Thing to do Southern Oregon / Del Norte magazine in 2014.