"Methuselah" Redwood - Woodside, Ca
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member frivlas
N 37° 24.351 W 122° 18.195
10S E 561663 N 4140123
Quick Description: A knobby giant of a redwood tree in San Mateo County.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 9/17/2006 10:01:51 PM
Waymark Code: WMQR9
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Black Dog Trackers
Views: 291

Long Description:
Located just across Skylike Blvd from El Corte Madera OSP is a small trail that leads down to this magnificient tree. A sign near the entrance to the trail indicates that access to the tree is courtesy of California Water Service Company.

At the feet of the giant

The sign lists the name as "Methuselah". The age is estimated at 1800 years. At some time in the distant past the top broke off of the tree. It is estimated that the tree was approximately 225 feet before it broke. In 1954, the height was measured at 137 feet. The diameter listed above the burls is 14 feet. There is no indication as to the year the sign was installed.

Our arms-round measurement of the tree indicated it to be approximately 45 to 46 feet around. The tree is in a heavily wooded area which makes it impossible to see the top to obtain a more accurate height estimate.
   
View from the end of the trail

Most of the trees in the surrounding area are young by comparison. Speculation is that this tree was spared from the sawmill because of all the knobs and bumps from the numerous burls on it's trunk.

Look at the size of the burl!

Another interesting thing is to stand on the trail above the tree and look up at it, Methuselah has a branch similar in size to the trunks of the trees surrounding it.

Limbs the size of trunks

Genus/Species: Sequoia Sempervirens

Height: 137

Girth: 45

Method of obtaining height: Reliable source

Method of obtaining girth: Arm reaching

Location type: Other public property

Age: 1800

Website reference: [Web Link]

Historical significance: Not listed

Planter: Not listed

Parking coordinates: Not Listed

Walk time: Not Listed

Photograpy coordinates: Not Listed

Visit Instructions:
A closeup picture of your GPS receiver in your hand, with the tree in the background, is required. If the tree is on private property, this closeup photograph with the tree in the background may be taken from the nearest public vantage point without actually going to the tree.
The required photograph does not need to show the entire tree, but the individual tree must be recognizable.
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