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The Mendocino Tree

Montgomery State Reserve, Ukiah, CA
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Ranked #5 of 16 Attractions in Ukiah
Type: Forests, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A coast redwood growing in Montgomery Woods State Reserve near Ukiah, is the tallest known tree in...
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Type: Forests, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A coast redwood growing in Montgomery Woods State Reserve near Ukiah, is the tallest known tree in the world. It stands five stories higher than the Statue of Liberty.
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Pleasanton, California
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341 reviews 341 reviews
204 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Ok, first off, the trees are totally magnificent! These are some of the tallest trees in the world with a lot of "character" due to frequent fires which burn big pieces of wood turning the trees into hollow shells. So what are the other pros? There are very few visitors and you'll get pretty "original" experience of the wild natural... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Getting to this place is little hard. The road gets really narrow and very curvy. We went here with the family and kids did not walk the entire trail (3 miles). The beginning of trail is steep but later it gets flatter. The trees are magnificent. Walking here was a Jurassic experience without the dinosaurs.I would go back here again.... More 

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Udine, Italy
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118 reviews 118 reviews
27 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Beautiful red wood sequoias, very few people around, nice easy trail in the forest! What better to ask for an Italian group wandering Northern California in search of nice locations, possibly far from touristic routes?

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The Woodlands, Texas
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122 attraction reviews
502 helpful votes 502 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We traveled through the Giant Redwoods near Oregon last year and decided to visit Montgomery State Reserve to walk the trail. Guess we should have read additional information as NO DOGS are allowed on the trails and we brought our Certified Therapy Dog (not a working dog) all the way up and down the narrow hairpin turns for almost an... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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94 reviews 94 reviews
17 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Forget the thousands of visitors at Muir Woods. This beautiful and under-visited stand of redwoods is the go-to-place to view these ancient, majestic living beings in solitude. It is a good hike for families and offers parking and restrooms, but little else in terms of amenities. That's a good thing in my book. Bring a camera, too, because there many... More 

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Milpitas, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Couple of mile hike, fairly flat, very doable with family, and you get to see some of the tallest tree in the world. This hike boasts 3rd highest tree in the world.

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Reno, Nevada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Well worth the "hairpin turn" drive to visit. Magnificient old growth redwoods and hardly any other visitors. Strongly recommend!!

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Caspar, California
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13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Montgomery Woods is hidden along a narrow, windy back road (Orr Springs) and up a short but steep trail. Therefore, not many visit. The beautiful hanging valley where this tree, thought to be the tallest living thing in the world from 2000 until taller specimens were found in 2006, this tree, and its grove of near equals, is a treasure.... More 

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Talmage, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Felt great while I was in the midst of these ancient redwood giants today. It was so cool, tranquil, and shady. This place is highly recommended for people who appreciate nature or trees. As you go in deeper, the redwood gets bigger. The really huge one is much further in. You could easily spend an hour or more just walking... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Between December 1996 and August 2000, the tallest tree in Montgomery Woods, named the Mendocino Tree, was the world's tallest known tree. The tree is over 366 feet tall making it 13 feet shorter than the now tallest tree. We took Mountain View Rd from the south on Hwy 1 and returned on the Compche-Ukiah road. The grove was amazing... More 

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