One of the interesting things about the redwood trees is how they can survive
a fire. The bark is very thick and resists fire. When the fire burns through
the bark it attacts the wood core. As we walked on the trails we saw many trees
hollowed out by fire. Some were so opened up that we wondered how what was left
could support a 300 foot tree.
The redwood tree has very shallow roots. (10-12 ft.)It seems that the trunk goes directly
into the ground. You cannot see any roots. The trees with the weakest root system
get blown over in the high wind. When a 300 foot tree falls it knocks over what
is ever in it's path.
Many of the trails had fallen trees across them which had to be cut through to
allow the trail to continue.
Most of the trails were about 1 or 2 mile loops.
The pictures really do not capture the whole scene.
This was one of the many fallen trees.
This is the root of a fallen tree. As it decomposes beautiful ferns and plants
grown over it. All the ground is covered with lush green Redwood Sorrel (looks
like large clover) which looks like a velvet carpet all over the place.
One of the many burned out trees. This tree is still alive and is about 250
feet high. As you can see, there is very little trunk down here at the base.
Many of the trails had books which described important items.
Mom is reading about the various ferns which grow in clearings.