For years, the Grove of Titans was barely more than a myth. Incredibly old. Incredibly large. And incredibly hard to find.
It used to be that the grouping of eight old-growth redwood trees deep within Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park near Crescent City (Del Norte County) could be reached only by following clues in a book about tree hunters. There were no direct hiking trails, and the nearest road was miles away.
Then, in 2011, someone uploaded a geotag marking the trees’ location online. As many as 50 people a day began finding their way to the grove and loving it to death.
The onslaught of tourists bushwhacking through the rain forest is slowly killing the giant trees, park officials say. The damage can be reversed by building elevated walkways and viewing platforms, similar to the ones used at Muir Woods, they say. But it’s going to cost more than $1.4 million.
For the rest of the article, go here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Hard-to-find-redwood-grove-no-longer-so-elusive-12384988.php
(Thanks to Susan Layne for pointing me to this article. I felt it was so important, I delayed the others I had planned on posting.)