The Great Oak Hike Challenge
The oak is 97 feet high, with a 499-inch – or nearly 42-foot – trunk circumference and a crown 98 feet wide. The roots of the behemoth run deep into the side of the ravine where a natural spring flows into a creek below."— Paul Melzer
The Adventure Begins
The land once pathed by native leading from oak to oak following the creeks side I could feel the presence of those who alwaked before us.
Whats your idea of a good hike?
Finding the Behemoth
It’s almost mythological... in dimension."— David Myers
The Champion Oak
off of the beaten path is a big champion oak tree that would otherwise receive little attention
It may actually be the largest oak in the world."— Paul Melzer
Hell of a tree."— whispered Geena Burgess
After a hellish hike in the wilderness seven naturalists with cameras, tape measures and lasers pointed at The Champion Oak tree. As they looked up at its gnarled branches, their eyes alive with anticipation to discover its hidden secrets.
Nominating a tree with record-breaking potential requires three measurements: trunk circumference in inches; height in feet and average crown spread in feet. Total points for a contender are determined through this calculation: circumference plus height plus 1/4 the average crown spread.