2019 Judges

Sonoma County preserving 805 acres of coast redwoods, also known as Sequoia sempervirens. The area is made up of a temperate rainforest with a mild, wet climate, gathering an average of 55 inches of rain each year. The notorious bay Area fog sustains such wet conditions, supporting the growth of the redwoods during the summer. The atmosphere in these woods is serene and magical, transporting visitors into a cool forest isolated from the busy streets of the surrounding communities.

The area is made up of a temperate rainforest with a mild, wet climate, gathering an average of 55 inches of rain each year. The notorious bay Area fog sustains such wet conditions, supporting the growth of the redwoods during the summer. The atmosphere in these woods is serene and magical, transporting visitors into a cool forest isolated from the busy streets of the surrounding communities.

The park is filled with massive mountains, deep canyons, and dense, diverse forestry. The Giant Forest is a large grove between forks of the Kaweah River, filled with exceptionally large trees like the General Sherman Tree, the largest living sequoia. Within the forest there is a vast network of hiking trails, ranging from short one hour hikes to full-day adventures. Along the trails, you can enjoy gorgeous views and some spectacular wildlife sightings.