I was touring around Northern California looking for Redwoods National Park, but ended up at this drive thru redwood tree. I’ve seen pictures and heard from others that it’s a major tourist trap- but after visiting, I strongly disagree! I almost didn’t stop because I thought it was going to be a waste of time and money, but ever since I found out about this tree when I was a kid, I have always wanted to visit. So, when I saw a sign on the side off the 101, I made a last minute right on to the exit toward the tree.
Boy oh boy, was it the best decision I made that day. It turned out to be more exciting to me than the massive redwood groves in Avenue of the Giants! (Have you guys been to both? -Is that weird?) I would highly recommend the Chandelier Tree to anyone who was in the vicinity. It’s a quick 10 minute stop, unless you’re planning to hike through their grove a little- or there’s lots of visitors holding up the line taking photos… It’s only $5/car and the road winds through a cute forest of animal sculpted logs. At the end of the 1/2 mile long path, is Chandelier Tree.
It’s hard to see it in photos, but in person, it is very obvious why it is called the chandelier tree. This redwood grows uniquely with two side arms straight up. These side arms are the size of a normal tree. It’s very hard to really capture the goliath size of the entire redwood. Another reason why you have to visit it yourself!
Beyond the tree is a small old growth redwood grove with a few trails that circle inside of it. At the trail head remains an insanely large redwood log and old fashion cart for transporting the logs during the peak of the logging days.
I’m not sure what type of experience these people had who said the drive through tree was a tourist trap- maybe they had never even stopped themselves- but this was honestly the highlight of my trip. If you are ever up in Humboldt County near Avenue of the Giants or Redwood National Park, be sure not to miss this! It is definitely worth the stop!
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