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

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

US-101, Kalaloch, WA
North and inland from Ruby Beach, near US-101 milepost 170, you'll see a sign pointing to "Duncan Memorial Big Cedar Tree." Follow the signs to the tree.
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World's Largest Western Red Cedar Tree

There are signs pointing to two different cedar tree attraction on US Highway 101: "Big Cedar Tree" between Ruby Beach and Beach 4 (south of Ruby Beach near milepost 163) and "Duncan Memorial Big Cedar Tree" (north and inland from Ruby Beach near milepost 170). "Duncan Memorial Big Cedar Tree" is the World's Largest. Of course, I discovered this after visiting the wrong tree, so I get to go back. :-)

[Jeff B, 03/14/2024]

Jeff visited the wrong tree based on our wrong directions, which we've corrected thanks to his experience. Sorry, Jeff!

World's Largest Western Red Cedar Tree

Poor signage. Turn off 101 at the brown sign. Just after you hit dirt there's a Y in the road -- go to the right. Go another mile or so, and there is another place to make a decision. Again, go to the right. Then about another mile you will see a brown sign to turn left. This road is passable, but go slow. 1/4 mile you will see the turn to go up to the parking lot. This road is worse. Passable, but if in doubt park and you can walk up the last 100 ft.

[Vickie Long, 07/30/2021]
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.

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