Redwoods in Stout Grove

Maximus ~ Coast Redwood

Redwood National Park

Continued from: Largest Coast Redwoods

Copyright 2015 by Mario Vaden


This coast redwood, Maximus, was found in Redwood National Park, exploring with Chris Atkins. It was one of the first among the new era of redwood discovery. The previous stage seemed to climax with the Grove of Titans up in Jedediah Redwoods State Park, around 1998, fifteen years ago.

Some, like author Richard Preston in his redwood book, emphasized nothing comparable remained to find in the old growth redwoods ... quoting Dr. Robert Van Pelt to seal that emphasis. But 2008 to 2010, a few new discoveries were like a stage curtain parting open for an encore. More discoveries continued ... especially in 2014 and 2015 with redwoods like Grogan's Fault.

Maximus stands in Redwood National Park. It grows on a secluded bench of soil perched on a hillside. East of Orick and south of the Lost Man Creek. The chance of finding it is finite, but I thought readers would appreciate a glimpse of one more beautiful redwood. Actually, this is Maximus Junior.

Redwood Maximuus in Redwood National Park


Chris Atkins shown for scale. The tall foreground plant is Rhododendron macrophyllum. Other vegetation includes Salal and Sword Fern.