[UPDATE Open] Tree Blocking 36

Tree in the road closedA tree is blocking Hwy 36 as of 6:18 p.m. Both east and westbound traffic is stopped according to scanner traffic and to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page.

Reportedly a three-foot diameter tree is suspended across Hwy 36 at mile marker 15 west of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.

UPDATE 6:38 p.m.: According to the scanner, the CHP is saying they don’t know how long it will be before the road reopens.

Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.

UPDATE 8:13 p.m.: The roadway is now open, according to scanner traffic. A reader sent in the following photos.

A tree stopped traffic on Hwy 36 today.

A tree stopped traffic on Hwy 36 today. [Photo by Dottie Simmons]

Chainsawing a downed tree on 36

Caltrans worker chainsawing up the downed tree. [Crop of a photo by Dottie Simmons]

UPDATE 9:19 p.m.: Video of Caltrans pushing the tree off the road.



  • someone has a grow dozer in the area im sure! pull that sum a bi#$@ out the way

  • I don’t think anything short of a Real Dozer is going to move that Redwood tree, it’ll have to be cut up first before much of anything will move it!!! Good idea but the tree is way too big!!!

  • Tom Heaton lead the way in his truck!!! then at least one Westbound vehicle came through after Tom came though it undamaged!!! I was next, all of us went under the left side where there is just enough room under the tree to squeeze through!!! I hope that Cal Trans worker, cutting up the tree is immune to Poison Oak!!! All that “lovely green foliage” you see on the tree is Poison Oak!!!

    • Not too many folks went under the left side. And the fellow who went around on the river rocks and came up the bank on the other side rather dinged up his truck!
      Thanks, Kym, for the post. It let the folks at home know why I was soooooo late while out of cell range.


      Tom is 1 cool Ruth Lake Dude. He has many saws he once bought out a chainsaw shop I have no doubt he got through!!!


    OOO I wish I was there at that time, I always carry my big McCulloch 1000 with me, a 36″ Bar running 404 chain I would of had the job in 5 min.

  • Glad it did not fall on a vehicle going through there. At least it will slow down the nutty speeders for a few minutes.

  • It looks like there might be a bit of a pull out on the downhill side. Cut it into 16″ lengths please.

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