The Redwoods of Big Basin

The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.
— John Steinbeck

Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California's oldest State Park, established in 1902.

Home to the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco, the park consists of over 18,000 acres (73 km2) of old growth and recovering redwood forest, with mixed conifer, oaks, chaparral, and riparian habitats.

The park has also over 81 mi (130 km) of trails, a large number of waterfalls, a wide variety of environments, and many animals - including birds.

The redwood species contain the largest and tallest trees in the world, which can live to an age of thousands of years. Unfortunately, this is an endangered subfamily due to habitat losses from fire ecology suppression, logging, and air pollution.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park (CA, USA)

Paul Klimos at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park (CA, USA)

For reference and more information: Big Basin Redwoods State Park / Redwood on Wikipedia