Big Cedar Tree: An Olympic National Park Hidden Gem

The Big Cedar Tree—One of Olympic National Park’s hidden gems

Discover one of the impressive trees in the Pacific Northwest, a nearly 1000-year-old western red cedar. Located between Ruby Beach and Fourth Beach on US Hwy. 101 in Olympic National Park, you’ll find a sign for the Big Cedar Tree leading east to a parking area. It’s a short, easily accessible walk to the tree. It used to stand over 175 feet tall, the third largest of its species, but a storm in March 2014 split the behemoth nearly in half. Now it provides an example of the cycle of life as it decomposes and becomes a nurse log for a new generation of giants. While you’re there, continue on the short quarter-mile trail that leads to a whole grove of ancient western red cedars.