Kalaloch, Washington: World's Largest Western Red Cedar Tree

For Tree Tourists, another superior specimen to admire before something kills it.

US Hwy 101, Kalaloch, WA
Watch for "big cedar tree" turnoff sign along US 101 between Ruby Beach and Beach 4. From the highway, drive a little over four miles into the forest on a paved road that becomes hardpack dirt. It's passenger-car accessible, but take it slow and watch for the potholes. Signs are easy to follow.
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World's Largest Western Red Cedar Tree

It's large and it's very old, but "world's largest" is mere hyperbole. The Avatar Grove on Vancouver Island is one, but probably not only, place of larger cedars.

[Forest Shomer, 05/20/2021]

The official Washington Dept. of Natural Resources sign next to the cedar identifies it as the "world's largest." We never doubt signs and tour guides.

World's Largest Western Red Cedar Tree.

World's Largest Western Red Cedar Tree

This beautiful tree is very much alive! While it has suffered through the years of logging all around it, it has continued to survive. At first glance it does look dead, its bark-less exterior rough and worn. But look up! At the very top there are cedar branches and fronds growing on one side. Stop by to marvel and touch this gorgeous specimen that has outlived everything else around it.

[Laurie Nelson, 01/05/2016]
The Duncan Cedar

The big cedar is not gone. The previous submission saying so was referring to a tree in the Olympic National Park on the rainforest access road. It was felled in a storm. The Duncan Cedar is alive and well. Visited it today.

[Lawrence Brown, 06/16/2015]

The World's Largest Western Red Cedar Tree lives on, contrary to reports of its demise in the coastal storm of March 8, 2014.

World's Largest Western Red Cedar Tree

This tree was destroyed in a storm in March 2014. There's still a piece standing but most of it is laying dead on the ground.

[JoAnna, 12/29/2014]

Cedar Tree.

The Duncan Cedar: World's Largest Western Red Cedar Tree

Seeing the "big cedar tree" sign along Highway 101, I was intrigued and decided to see what it was all about. After driving to it, I was a bit underwhelmed. Billed as "the world's largest western red cedar," it appears to have seen its better days. Nevertheless, it is relatively easy to reach, and features a raised walkway that allows visitors to walk around its stump, err trunk. Unfortunately I saw nothing there to explain who Duncan, the tree's namesake, is.

[Candace, 05/31/2006]

July 2012: Photo added.

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