Hyperion was discovered on August 25, 2006 by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor in a very remote region of Redwood National and State Parks (California, USA) and is believed to be approximately 700-800 years old. Explorers say that the tree could have been possibly taller than 380 ft, but due to woodpecker damage at the very top it is currently measuring in at 379.65 ft.Although several other trees have been recorded to be taller than this giant, most of them have fallen to mid/early 60's heavy deforestation of the Redwood region. In fact more than 90% of state's ancient forests have been logged during those times until 1978, when the area was purchased and extended into a National Park. People speculate that thousands of trees – some even larger and taller than the Hyperion – were cut down during the 24/7 logging shifts of 60's and 70's.
As with all of these rare trees, the exact location is held in secret and only 3 groups of people were ever able to find it and document it.
- See also: Top 10 Tallest Trees In The World