Grays Harbor — home of the biggest trees!
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Of course Grays Harbor is well-known for its logging history, but did you know that Grays Harbor is home to four living specimens of trees that are the largest in the world? Not only that, but to five trees that hold records for Washington in the biggest and/or largest trees?
Six of these record-breaking trees reside in the Quinault Rainforest and all, except one, are accessible by trails for viewing.
The American Forestry Association’s rates these trees with points, which is calculated by adding the trunk circumference in inches, its height in feet and a quarter of the average crown spread in feet.
Western Red Cedar
This tree is the largest in the world, and is located on a short (and steep) trail on the North Shore Road. Visitors can walk inside its hollow trunk and look upwards to see the skies from the very top of the tree. How can it be alive? It is — just barely — look for the green branches near the top of the trees.
It is the sixth-biggest tree in the United States and is the state’s largest tree. It has a total of 931 AFA points, with a circumference of 63.5 feet, a height of 174 feet and a spread of 45 feet.
This tree is now the largest in the world, thanks to its co-champion in Oregon blowing over in a storm in 2007. This is the most easily accessible tree on mostly level and wide trails, five minutes from the parking lot near the Rain Forest Resort Village on South Shore Road. It is estimated to be over 1,000 years old.
It is the seventh-biggest tree in the United States and the third largest tree in the state. At 883 AFA points, it has a circumference of 55 feet 7 inches, a height of 191 feet and a spread of 96 feet.
The co-champ for the largest Douglas fir in the world is located in the Quinault Research Natural Area, and is not accessible by trail.
It is the eighth-largest tree in the United States and the fifth tallest in the state. With a total of 804 AFA points, it has a circumference of 40 feet 10 inches, a staggering height of 302 feet tall and a spread of 71 feet.
The yellow cedar, also known as Alaska Cedar, is the largest in the United States. It is located seven miles up the Irely Lake trail off the north fork of the Quinault River and one mile east of the Three Lakes.
With a total of 584 AFA points, it has a circumference of 37 feet 7 inches, a height of 126 feet and a spread of 27 feet.
The largest mountain hemlock in the world (by volume) is located 13 miles up the Enchanted Valley trail.
It has a diameter of over six feet and a height of 152 feet.
This tree is the largest western hemlock in the states, and is located 14 miles up the Enchanted Valley trail.
It is the eighth-tallest tree in Washington, with a total of 527 AFA points, a circumference of 27 feet 11 inches, a height of 172 feet and a spread of 67 feet.
Whether you make a day, overnighter or a quick stop of it, these trees and the Quinault valley are nothing short of impressive.