Grove of Titans & Lost Monarch Report

Just visited the Grove of Titans again, May 1st, to see how the redwoods and area were doing, and capture the present scene in photograph. Last time I saw these redwoods was summer 2012. It’s evident than more than a handful of people are not limiting movement to packed spots for photos. Also, some folks with good intentions laid sticks to block some areas, but failed to realized that visitors stomp down vegetation going around the debris. So the wear and tear widens. Actually, it would be better to leave tiny inconspicuous paths alone. Also, within the grove, some paths vanished, and between trees, doubled. So the positive and negative sort of neutralize one another. The one spot most obvious for wear is Screaming Titans.¬† Some visitors to the grove are getting sloppy about how they walk around the trunk. It would be little problem if they remained low down on a packed needles. The existing number of visitors would be no big deal if everybody was more precise about¬† movement. Unfortunately, one man altered that a couple of years ago by “opening the valve” to some of the less considerate. ….. So my report for this redwood grove May 2013, is that wear and tear has increased slightly between the trees, more noticeably around Screaming Titans. The photo below shows Lost Monarch, Coast Redwood and 7th or 8th largest known tree in the world. This photo got over 90,000 views and 900 shares on Facebook, which is more like what some National Geographic posts get on that social site.

Lost Monarch, Grove of Titans

Lost Monarch, Grove of TitansTo

2 Responses

  1. Kevin Coker
    Kevin Coker June 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm |

    I’m a long-time redwoods enthusiast and it’s really unfortunate the these groves are being mistreated. While I’m not sure where I stand on keeping these a total secret or not, since I myself have spent countless hours “tree hunting”, it does dishearten me to hear that visible damage is being done to this ecosystem. I’m heading up to Jedediah this weekend and see some beautiful trees, but will be disappointed if I see the bases of these trees visible trampled down, like you’d expect to see around trees visibly marked like the Giant Tree.

  2. Kevin Coker
    Kevin Coker July 24, 2013 at 7:58 pm |

    I was very surprised at the amount of trails criss-crossing the grove…looks rather heavily “visited”. While it was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen or been to, it was a bit disheartening to see the amount of vegetation trampled down, especially leading down to the creek(s). Maybe some sort of official trails would be better than what currently exists…? At least the damage would be concentrated and limited to certain constrained corridors, rather than the current rather extensive network of trails.

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