Over a year ago I posted about a wonderful old growth redwood found in the Santa Cruz mountains. After an extra effort this weekend by an intrepid band of trail builders and bridge engineers, the way to this monster is open to those who don't fancy cross-country bush-whacking.
You'll still have to work for it, though. You can reach what we we've taken to calling the Candelabra Tree by starting from the main road of Butano State Park. From there, climb via either the Goat Hill Trail and Connector, or Service Road and Olmo Fire Road, to the junction of the Olmo Road and Gazos Trail. That's at about N 37 12.028 W 122 19.457 for GPSr wielding hikers. From there the as-yet-unsigned trailhead takes off downhill, roughly southwest. If you have to cross a large fallen log about 50 yards down, you're on the right path. From there it's about a mile down to the big tree. It's an out-and-back for now, though a route will eventually be opened down to the Gazos Road to join with Año Nuevo State Park. (DON'T try whacking your way down there now, unless you are an experienced orienteer and IMMUNE to poison oak. Trust me, I surveyed it.)