Hikers are now banned from the tallest tree in the world

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You can’t have your picture taken next to the tallest tree in the world anymore, and that’s probably a good thing.

Officials at Redwood National Park in California recently closed the area surrounding Hyperion, a massive 380-foot coast redwood that is believed to be the tallest living tree on the planet. Hyperion is located deep within the park and is not accessible by trail. Still, visitors have walked paths through the brush to visit the trail, and increased tourist numbers have caused damage to the surrounding area and to the tree itself.

SFGate.com reports that violators face a $5,000 fine and potential jail time if caught making the trip.

“The use had an impact on the vegetation and potentially on the root system of the very tree that people are going to visit,” Leonel Arguello, the park’s natural resources manager, told the site. ‚ÄúThere was litter and people were creating even more side trails to use the bathroom. They leave used toilet paper and human waste – that’s not a good thing, not a good scene.

Justin Legge, a naturalist and tour guide who operates in the area, told the site that seeing Hyperion is actually quite underwhelming compared to some of the park’s other massive trees, such as Del Norte Titan and Grove of Titans.

“Hyperion is a hugely disappointing experience, and I doubt half of the people who’ve even tried going there would want to go if they really understood the ecology of the forest,” Legge said.

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