The Redwood National and State Parks are full of many wonders. The park system holds the three tallest trees in the world, along with a canyon with a marvelous 50-foot walls filled with ferns. One hiker recently snapped a photo of another marvel in the park, where you can hike directly under a tree growing over the trail.
On the Berry Glen Trail, which connects the Lady Bird Johnson Grove with the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, hiker Linden Letz captured a photo of this peculiar tree:
It’s a truly wondrous sight to find in the Humboldt redwoods, one that warrants an explanation.
“It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this tree appears to be a western hemlock or Sitka spruce,” said Gary Rynearson, Licensed Forester and Capstone Lecturer at Humboldt State University to KRCR. “Both species of trees commonly grow in the understory of closed canopy forests and are very tolerant to growing in the shade of the overstory trees.”
While parks like Lassen and Yosemite get much of the press in Northern California, the ancient redwood forest of the North Coast can be just as marvelous. The series of state parks within the national park make it difficult to peg down one area to visit, and the “Redwood Curtain” means not many people will just be passing through the area. But it’s truly a glorious place to visit.
For more information on the Berry Glen Trail, go here.