Big Sur Redwoods
Along the Big Sur Coastline you will find a stand of tall and majestic Coastal Redwood trees.
Walk Among The Giant Redwoods
A quiet stroll among these ancient giants is
far more than an afternoon's diversion--it's a transcendent
experience on a par with standing in the nave of a Gothic cathedral
and looking up at the colored rays of the sun streaming through
the stained- glass windows. As John Steinbeck said about the
sequoias, "From them comes silence and awe... Respect--that's
the word. One feels the need to bow to unquestioned sovereigns."
The Coast Redwood grows naturally only in a very narrow strip
along the western coast of America. Its range reaches from the
Soda Springs drainage in Big Sur in the south to the southwestern
tip of Oregon at its most northern extremity. These are the
tallest trees on earth--some have been measured at over 350
feet tall--and can live to be 2,000 years old. Their diameters
may be 10-15 feet around.
Redwoods have soft, reddish-brown bark, six to twelve inches
thick. The bark becomes grayish and fluted as the tree matures.
The upper branches are frequently damaged by lightning strikes.
Redwoods form a genetic community1 like cottonwoods
and creosotes--cut down one tree and many of his cousins will
soon appear to take his place. They grow quickly under the right
conditions, consuming much water.
They require thick summer fog, moderate year-round temperatures
and considerable winter rainfall to be happy. The shady stream
canyons of the Big Sur are a perfect combination to produce
lush redwood groves.
Logging unfortunately made major inroads in the past, but many
ancient stands yet remain and are within easy walking distance
for the day visitor.