How Tall Do Redwoods Grow in the Santa Cruz Mountains?
In the summer of 2012 a project was undertaken by Zane Moore and Steve Singer to find and measure the tallest tree in the Santa Cruz Mountains. All old-growth stands likely to harbor exceptionally tall trees were searched and the tallest tree proved to be a 328.1 foot tall redwood in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. This tree is known as the Headwall Tree, and for the sake of its continued well-being, its exact location is a closely kept secret.
Compared to the Hyperion Redwood in Humboldt County with a height of 379.6 feet tall, the Headwall Tree is relatively small, yet it is the tallest tree south of Mendocino County. To learn more about the tallest redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains, see the scientific article by Moore and Singer, “Discovery of the Tallest Redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains – Their Distribution and Ecology”.