California Avenue of the Giants guide sign



The Avenue of the Giants is a road through the Humboldt Redwoods State Park in northwest California. It was once part of US Route 101, but California currently carries it on the state books as State Route 254. The name “Avenue of the Giants” refers to the famous giant redwood trees that populate the surrounding forest. A few individual trees in this forest have become famous in their own right. One example is the Immortal Tree, a millennia-old Redwood that has survived a 1908 logging attempt, then a flood in 1964, (both events of which have left visible scars along its trunk), and finally a direct lightning strike that knocked off the top 45 feet (14 m) of the tree, shortening it to a mere 250 feet (76 m) tall. The Avenue of the Giants Marathon also takes place annually along this 31½-mile (50.8-km) trail.

One of the guide signs along the route gives the traveler two options. They can turn left to the much faster and more efficient, but less interesting, modern US-101 freeway. Or they can bear right and follow the Avenue of the Giants. We’ve recreated this sign using the classic shield shape and fonts used on vintage California directional signage. We’ve duplicated the precise layout of the sign as well using photos of the original. The result is a sign that’s just like the real thing, except scaled down to a much more convenient size to enjoy at home.

Our Avenue of the Giants guide sign is flat printed on heavy 14-gauge steel. Its glossy, nonreflective finish is at home both indoors and in a more natural outdoor setting as well. Take your pick of sizes from 14 in. × 8 in. up to a giant 63 in. × 36 in. Each version includes two mounting holes for easy installation. (Want this sign in a size not listed here? Or perhaps another guide sign, from California or elsewhere? Custom orders are our specialty! Just contact Jake to get started.)

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