Copyright 2008 - 2015 by Mario Vaden
Updated April , 2015
Note: ... new largest coast redwood discoveries ... see Year of Discovery
Hyperion coast redwood was discovered August 25, 2006 by Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. It was one of 3 world record Coast Redwoods found the same year in Redwood National Park. The three redwoods were Hyperion, Helios and Icarus. By 2013, heights of the 20 tallest shuffled the deck, and Redwood National Park does not hold all 3 tallest anymore.
This Coast Redwood was the tallest known of all plant species in the world from 2006 to 2013.
The 2012 measurement was 115.66m or 379.46' high, 15.2' diameter at dbh or 4.5' above average grade.
It is mostly a single stem redwood with fire charring on the trunk. Hyperion looks stereotypical Sequoia sempervirens.
The stem length on the low side was 386 feet. Location is a hillside above a brook or creek of Redwood National Park.
Around August 26, 2006, forest expert Dr. Robert VanPelt referred to this redwood as "unnamed" and wrote "The most significant year in tree height measuring just joined the ranks of years like 1066, 1492, etc."
The facts available for Hyperion are limited and the location remote.
During the first climb, shown by National Geographic, researcher Steve Sillett said foliage near the top was not as reduced in size as expected. The needles still had some "expansion" indicating potential for extra height.
Prior to 2010, a plane flew over several redwood parks for LiDAR, but left the door of chance open for more unknown super tall redwoods. That is because part of Redwood National Park was missed.
A lot of people thought there was no chance another largest coast redwood trunk existed either, but one was found anyway. Chance has potential.
Helios, the 2nd tallest (2006 to 2013) was growing more vigorously than Hyperion.
The photo here is the coast redwood Hyperion. There should be a small pic you can use for blogs pre-approved if you visit the image use page.
Trivia for Tallest Coast Redwoods
From 2010 to 2014 in Nor Cal, the tallest of several species experienced change that included height loss, anticipated growth, and mind-bogling growth. Changes in height occured up and down the redwood coast. You may have noticed a little about this on my pages for two other species: Bigleaf Maple and Western Hemlock.. Some change in height data virtually vaporized the idea of "growth rate". Apparently some stems elongated more through the drought year 2014, than three or four previous years all combined together.
The largest waterway is Redwood Creek with Prairie Creek as largest tributary. Lost Man Creek is another tributary. Among this web of waterways and slopes, stand quite a few Coast Redwoods over 350 feet.
When I first found Hyperion, I chose a route that involved water over my waist.
These days, I can get there without stepping in a millimeter of water.
My favorite story by others is a 2007 Above and Beyond by Clynes. If still online, see ... Above and Beyond Article
The narrative sounds like they picked Redwood Creek trailhead close to Orick.
That article opens weighing options in hours and pints of blood. Their first search party had a 75% casualty rate for injuries the first day.
I found interesting quirks comparing Preston's book with Clynes story.
Image: my photography assistant with Canon camera at the base of the trunk. It was unusually warm this day ... 80 degrees
Clynes never did find Hyperion, but he closes his story with a great appreciation for the forest. Its worth the read.
Helios is so close in diameter and height, someone could mistake it for Hyperion. But virtually every seeker goes to the park without a laser rangefinder. So practically any 12 ft. to 16 ft. diameter redwood could be mistaken, gazing from a distance.
In the future as new data is released, names are not expected to accompany the data. It may be unavailable for more people to know when the tallest have traded places. I don't think it will be announce anymore. A change was made (elsewhere) for how redwood information will be published in the future. And many readers will probably not realize when another redwood took over as the tallest known. Likewise, complete collapses like Dyerville Giant may not be evident in data.
Tags on redwoods are not reliable for verification. Between canopy researchers and other studies, there are reams of tags. Tags for some redwoods are across valleys on trunks of other Redwoods or Douglas Firs where the window was open to use a laser toward the opposite side of the valley. Between 2008 and 2011 the number of tags multiplied, and still continues to add up.
Every so often, I find myself rereading the Above and Beyond article by Clynes. Clynes wrote ... "We thought we had been in big-tree country before, but as we walked farther into the grove, we realized that we had now entered a new realm. All around us, 20-foot-wide trunks rose in great grooved columns"
If that is correct, the description does not sound like the "right place" stated by Atkins in the article. Also compare Clynes description to the stumps ten to fifteen feet across and beanpoles by author Preston.
It has been suspected that discoverers, researchers and park staff laid an elaborate web of false clues. I will not confirm or deny that theory, but will offer a few Grove of Titans clues were backwards. If the conspiracy theory is even partially right, searchers can be drawn continually into a modern redwood version of Greek mythology: the legend of Sisyphus and his impossible task.
Keyhole in the Landscape
Richard Preston wrote of a keyhole in the landscape, leading to Hyperion Valley. For years, it made no sense.
Image: cleaning lens in Redwood National Park. Same day my photography assistant, above, helped me get some more recent images
March 28, 2015
80 tallest found ...
One interesting redwood enthusiast out there is a guy from Humboldt county. For the moment, I will use a Pseudonym "Juan Montenegro". Juan has located the 20 tallest known Coast Redwoods. He also located at least 80 of the approximately 220 tallest known Coast Redwoods over 350 ft. tall. A good example of why most people don't need a "bone" tossed their direction.
Dec. 1, 2014
A woman in uniform at a redwood park visitor center near Orick, ended a conversation claiming I "mislead" people. If she means this page, she is wrong. This page is 100% accurate, excepting typo. If people take take my info and assemble assumptions, that is their responsibility. From this page, people can only mislead themselves if they make something it into more than what it is.
January 11, 2015
Reports about rangers and clues ... I had a conversation with rangers regarding emails about "rangers" dropping hints. Over years, I received a bunch of emails saying they got pointed to locations. The messages usually wrote "ranger". The rangers I spoke with said nobody at their location would do that. But preponderance of emails suggests there is something they are not aware of. Others got similar feedback. So if any of you can connect more dots, feel free to share.
December 25, 2014
Who is the photo assistant? A few inquired. Jen ... one who inspired the redwood photos with dresses. Jen also enjoys image adjusting, video and editing. Jenni is her stage name. Our first shoots were in Eureka and Humboldt. At the time she worked in Eureka as a dancer and model. The world's tallest maple was named Humboldt Honey after a photo of her taken near Koster St.. There were also photo sessions with her friend Lotus. Those set the foundation of my redwood portraiture and art photography displayed at the redwood coast: some in motels, gallery, magazines or brochure.
Maybe like the shark tooth mark on Helios, we can share she has a scar. When younger, she scratched hate on her thigh. That scar serves an example that some changes are long lasting.
When she helped with the tall redwood, it was just personal documentary photography and appreciation of redwood forest.