“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”
From the Redwood Parks Conservancy:
GROVE OF TITANS
Deep in the heart of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park lies a grove of ancient redwood trees named for their remarkable size – the Grove of Titans. Known by indigenous people for centuries, the group of trees was re-discovered by researchers in the 1990’s. The grove is a magnificent stand of ancient redwoods containing some of the world’s tallest trees.
With no direct access, this sacred grove was kept relatively hidden for many years until the location was posted online in 1998. Visitors in search of these elusive old-growth trees created informal “social trails”, which damaged the forest floor (e.g., trampled vegetation, stripped bark at the bases of trees, compacted soil and exposed redwood roots), threatening the long-term survival of the grove itself.
The renewed Mill Creek Trail and the elevated walkway in the Grove of Titans is now OPEN to the public and visitors from all over the world will be able to gaze up into the canopy of the grove, reclaiming its sacredness.