The Big Cedar Tree isn’t as big anymore, but it is still worth your time.
The gigantic old cedar, located off Highway 101 near Kalaloch and Ruby beaches in Olympic National Park, lost a significant chunk in 2013, but remains one of the biggest trees we’ve ever seen – and that includes a trip to see the Redwoods in northern California.
We went to take a look at the old girl during our recent camping trip.
The Western Red Cedar was one of the largest in the world before a storm broke it in half. Despite the tree losing some of its size, it still serves a purpose on the rain forest floor as it will become a place for new plant life to take shape.
After parking in the gravel parking lot, which we had to ourselves, we made our way up a short path to the fallen down giant. The fog on this late May morning only added to the effect.
The old path is cut off, as a enormous section of the tree is laying across it. The trunk, which was at least 5 feet tall, dwarfed me and I’m 6-foot-4.
The part that is still standing is massive, and includes a piece that extends over the top of the new trail.
Someone even left a miniature angel statue inside the tree, I guess to bless those that came to visit.
This tree is truly one of those experiences in life that it must be seen to be believed. We tried to take photos from multiple angles, but each time it was hard to get the true size of the behemoth across.
It dwarfed everything in its sight, and is so big, that it has other tree varieties growing off of it.
We also continued up the path a way, eventually turning around because of our desire to go to Ruby Beach. There were other very large trees up the trail, but I have no idea where it goes.
If you want to see an intact giant tree, you can also check out the Quinault Big Cedar.
– Craig Craker