Hyperion was discovered by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor at the end of August 2006 in a remote part of the Redwood National Park in California, USA. After using professional laser measuring equipment, they were sure that they had found a tree higher than The Stratosphere Giant.
It was measured at 115.61 metres (379.3 ft), which ranks it as the world’s tallest known living tree. Despite its great height, Hyperion is not the largest known coast redwood; that distinction belongs to the Del Norte Titan.
After its short four-year reign as World’s Tallest, two hikers, Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor were deep in another section of another park, Redwood National Park (purchased in 1978 during the Carter administration) when they came across a new stand of trees, taller than anyone had ever seen before. The tallest of the tall is 379 feet 4 inches, 10 feet taller than the Giant. It’s now called “Hyperion.”
There is an interesting story behind the survival of the tallest tree in the world. Hyperion once narrowly escaped being cut down thanks to sheer luck. Only one hundred meters from the tallest tree lies a devastating barren land formed during the process of tree logging in the 1970s. Until 1978, more than 90% of the ancient forest owned by the United States government was cut.
At the location where Hyperion was found, there were actually a large number of trees of similar height, and a significant number of those were even bigger and taller than Hyperion. Thankfully, in the middle of the biggest tree harvests (known as “Twenty-four-hour shift testers”), the administration of President Jimmy Carter won the…