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Seaside, Oregon: World's Largest Sitka Spruce Stump

Formerly 216 feet tall; destroyed by storms in 2007. The splintered legacy of the former World's Largest Sitka Spruce -- and more impressive, we think, even though all of its official brown signs have been taken down.

NW Sunset Hwy., Seaside, OR
Around five miles south of town. Off of US 26, slightly less than two miles southeast of the US 101 junction. Turn north at the brown sign and cross the small bridge to the stump.
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Seaside, Oregon - Stump of Spruce Giant Still Popular
America's Largest Sitka Spruce Stump: Along the Oregon coast stood America's largest Sitka spruce, a tourist stop for years among people who like to look at big trees. [09/11/2008] Complete Story...

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Nation's Largest Sitka Spruce Stump: Still Cool

Torn apart by a storm in 2007, the nation's largest Sitka Spruce is still the largest stump and is still mighty impressive and worth a visit. The top of the tree still lays behind it and the whole tree will be left to rot, while providing nutrients for new trees to grow from.

[Gary Clay, 04/17/2019]

Sitka Spruce stump.

World's Largest Sitka Spruce Tree

A celebrated Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) on Klootchy Creek near Seaside, Oregon, receives so many visitors that recently a $50,000 boardwalk was constructed to preserve its roots from compaction. It is perhaps 700 years old, and truly amazing in stature. Based on its wood volume (10,800 cubic feet), it is the third largest spruce in the world --although in pioneer times bigger specimens existed. Its top broke at 206 feet, it is 93 feet wide, and its trunk is 56'1" circumference (about 18 feet in diameter) as of 1988. Earth's tallest spruce, the "Carmanah Giant" on Vancouver Island, was 314 feet tall in 1992.

[catyjean, 04/03/2005]

June 2012: Photo of the post-storm -- but still tourist-friendly -- stump. February 2008: Patsy reports "This tree was destroyed by a storm December 2007." the storm pack 105 mph gusts and knocked down most of the famous Sitka Spruce Tree.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Lewis & Clark Salt WorksLewis & Clark Salt Works, Seaside, OR - 5 mi.
Haystack RockHaystack Rock, Cannon Beach, OR - 4 mi.
Lewis and Clark End of the TrailLewis and Clark End of the Trail, Seaside, OR - 5 mi.
In the region:
18-Foot-Tall Toth Indian Head, Astoria, OR - 18 mi.

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