a magnificent menziezii

Moderators: edfrank, dbhguru

User avatar
sradivoy
Posts: 433
Joined: Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:23 pm

a magnificent menziezii

Post by sradivoy » Sun May 17, 2015 7:42 pm

I recently had the opportunity to spend some quality time with an old friend of mine. This named tree is one of the largest known to man. It has a DBH of over 12 ft and a height exceeding 260 ft. The wood volume is estimated at well over 9k ft of wood. One of my all time favorites! Enjoy.
Attachments
DSCN2871.JPG
DSCN2872.JPG
DSCN2870.JPG
DSCN2869.JPG

User avatar
mdvaden
Posts: 883
Joined: Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:30 pm

Re: a magnificent menziezii

Post by mdvaden » Sun May 17, 2015 8:25 pm

Van Pelt's book describes a couple of Douglas Fir close to the numbers you mentioned. I knew it wasn't Oregon's right off the bat. But B.C. came to mind for a moment too. But it seems that' may be one near St. Helens or O.N.P.

Sounds you enjoyed yourself thoroughly.

...
M. D. Vaden of Oregon = http://www.mdvaden.com

200 Pages - Coast Redwoods - http://www.mdvaden.com/grove_of_titans.shtml

Portraits & Weddings - http://www.vadenphotography.com

User avatar
sradivoy
Posts: 433
Joined: Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:23 pm

Re: a magnificent menziezii

Post by sradivoy » Sun May 17, 2015 9:07 pm

Yes, I enjoyed bushwhacking through the jungles looking for "Tich" ( not this one). I've seen Tichipawa twice before but have been unable to locate this time around (this was before GPS). You really have to be on top of it to see it due to the thick underbrush. One of the toughest bushwhacks I've ever done. Not to mention being stuck in a swamp. I was basically going in circles going from one escape route to the next. Very dangerous and shouldn't be done alone, but I'm willing to take that chance for the potential rewards at the other end.

User avatar
sradivoy
Posts: 433
Joined: Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:23 pm

Re: a magnificent menziezii

Post by sradivoy » Mon May 18, 2015 7:34 am

Here's another 9k plus tree from same book that, unlike the previous one, can be readily seen on trail. This amazing grove has at least a dozen 10+ DBH menziesiis, including the 300 ft Rex. Not sure about the fate of Quamal. In a hand written note he mentioned to me that it keeled over near the grove by Tichipawa. I've walked on that massive tree. But the book indicates that Quamal belongs to this grove, so it might still be alive albeit with a broken top.
Attachments
DSCN2698.JPG
DSCN2696.JPG

User avatar
sradivoy
Posts: 433
Joined: Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:23 pm

Re: a magnificent menziezii

Post by sradivoy » Mon May 18, 2015 8:28 am

But the best is yet to come. I decided to strike out on my own and find my own grove that the book makes no mention of. This one has, like the previous one, at least a dozen 10' + DBHs, with plenty of more enticing giants in the distance. I only had time to visit a few of them and measured the largest one at nearly 42' circumference and 216' high (probably didn't hit the top). I measured breast height (rather than at foot level) on a four foot basal mound that ringed the tree due to balding bark debris. So it could perhaps be even thicker if measured correctly. Definitely a two man job. I hand one hand holding on to my tape measure ( all the while keeping it taught so it doesn't come loose) and with my other hand hanging on precariously to the loose bark of the tree with my bare finger nails!

The Quinault valley is a big tree hunters paradise! This is only the tip of the ice berg. The untapped potential is virtual limitless. Great place for a WNTs event!
Attachments
DSCN2666.JPG
DSCN2668.JPG
DSCN2669.JPG
DSCN2671.JPG

User avatar
John Harvey
Posts: 759
Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:25 pm

Re: a magnificent menziezii

Post by John Harvey » Mon May 18, 2015 9:21 am

I wish there were DF down in the bay area like that. I cant find anything over 26ft CBH.
Attachments
Douglas Fir Big Basin VC hill 26ft1in.JPG
John D Harvey (JohnnyDJersey)

East Coast and West Coast Big Tree Hunter

"If you look closely at a tree you'll notice it's knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully." - Matt Fox

User avatar
mdvaden
Posts: 883
Joined: Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:30 pm

Re: a magnificent menziezii

Post by mdvaden » Mon May 18, 2015 8:46 pm

John Montague can chime in sometime. But I think he's been finding some 9 and 10 footers in northern Humboldt / Del Norte area of the coast redwoods.
M. D. Vaden of Oregon = http://www.mdvaden.com

200 Pages - Coast Redwoods - http://www.mdvaden.com/grove_of_titans.shtml

Portraits & Weddings - http://www.vadenphotography.com

User avatar
sradivoy
Posts: 433
Joined: Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:23 pm

Re: a magnificent menziezii

Post by sradivoy » Tue May 19, 2015 9:42 am

mdvaden wrote:John Montague can chime in sometime. But I think he's been finding some 9 and 10 footers in northern Humboldt / Del Norte area of the coast redwoods.
That wouldn't surprise me given the fact that Ol'Jed had over a 13ft diameter. Being shade intolerant, however, they will eventually be snuffed out by the redwoods. That may have happened to Ol'Jed , I don't know. In the well protected Queets valley, spruce and hemlock dominate the Doug firs into almost a pure stand. The Quinault valley is sufficiently exposed to the ocean storms and the massive Doug firs seem to thrive on the sunny exposed sites as seen on my photos.

User avatar
mdvaden
Posts: 883
Joined: Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:30 pm

Re: a magnificent menziezii

Post by mdvaden » Tue May 19, 2015 10:49 am

sradivoy wrote:
mdvaden wrote:John Montague can chime in sometime. But I think he's been finding some 9 and 10 footers in northern Humboldt / Del Norte area of the coast redwoods.
That wouldn't surprise me given the fact that Ol'Jed had over a 13ft diameter. Being shade intolerant, however, they will eventually be snuffed out by the redwoods. That may have happened to Ol'Jed , I don't know. In the well protected Queets valley, spruce and hemlock dominate the Doug firs into almost a pure stand. The Quinault valley is sufficiently exposed to the ocean storms and the massive Doug firs seem to thrive on the sunny exposed sites as seen on my photos.

There are spots in the redwoods parks where the Douglas firs rule some patches.

Ol' Jed was not in a big patch of Douglas Fir, but it was getting a lot of light. I suspect it was a lot older tree than some might expect.
M. D. Vaden of Oregon = http://www.mdvaden.com

200 Pages - Coast Redwoods - http://www.mdvaden.com/grove_of_titans.shtml

Portraits & Weddings - http://www.vadenphotography.com

User avatar
sradivoy
Posts: 433
Joined: Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:23 pm

Re: a magnificent menziezii

Post by sradivoy » Tue May 19, 2015 6:49 pm

Here's a nice 241' Doug that had a large crown with many multiple reiterated trunks on top. It can be found along the North Branch of Quinault. I couldn't get a diameter measurement due to safety concerns.
Attachments
DSCN2653.JPG
My definition of paradise would be a fully intact old growth wilderness watershed  to replenish the soul.
My definition of paradise would be a fully intact old growth wilderness watershed to replenish the soul.
DSCN2650.JPG
DSCN2647.JPG

Post Reply

Return to “Washington”