VISITING THE WORLD’S TALLEST TREE COULD GET YOU A $5,000 FINE, 6 MONTHS IN JAIL
I like trees. The bigger the better, the more the merrier. And while I’ve been to California, I’ve still never seen the redwoods, which may be some of the most beautiful trees in the world. But I’ve definitely never seen the world’s tallest tree, which is also a redwood. And, to be honest, now that I know about it and where it is, I still want to despite the possible penalties. The tree even has a name, Hyperion. It is an old-growth redwood in Northern California, and hols a Guinness World Record with a height of 380 feet, 9.7 inches. But now, if you try to visit it in person, you could face a $5,000 fine and even 6 months in jail.
SELFIE HUNGRY VISITORS HAVE DAMAGED WORLD’S TALLEST TREE, HYPERION, SURROUNDING AREAS
Hyperion, the world’s tallest tree, is of course in the Redwood National and State Parks. Well, it’s now in a closed area in the Parks, that is. No one even knew it was there until 2006. Hyperion is way off any designated trails, and the dense vegetation on the ground requires serious bushwhacking to get thru. But therein lies the problem. There’s no easy way to get to the world’s tallest tree. And bloggers, travel writers and other websites have made visiting the tree even more popular. But visitors have literally devastated the habitat around Hyperion. And since people are smart (not), the fine and jail time is now a reality.
WORLD’S TALLEST TREE IS QUITE REMOTE, AND SAFETY IS ALSO AN ISSUE FOR AUTHORITIES
And it may even be too late. Visitors have already degraded the base of the world’s tallest tree, and totally wiped out the ferns that normally would surround it. And, of course, it’s hard not to litter when you are taking your nature selfie with Hyperion. Because you love trees and nature, you must casually destroy what you love. But also concerning is that the off trail terrain near Hyperion is pretty dangerous. And without cell service and almost no GPS, that could be a combination. Just imagine breaking your leg, and then having the world’s tallest tree fall on you after you took some bark as a souvenir?
Now that really would be a nature moment.