Crabtree Valley Hike

Experience one of the oldest forest groves in Oregon on a day-long expedition to this out-of-the-way wonder in an area proposed as the Douglas-fir National Monument.

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Leader: Chandra LeGue
Location: BLM land NE of Sweet Home (carpools depart from Eugene)

With some of the oldest and largest trees in Oregon (maybe you’ve heard of “King Tut”?), this is a truly spectacular forest in all seasons. The old growth that surrounds Crabtree Lake sits terraced inside a unique glacially-carved valley. The rock formations likely spared the valley from fire, allowing the biggest trees to reach their current size and maturity.

The trail descends into the valley on an old road, and then takes us to Crabtree Lake, a rock outcrop with a view of the whole valley, and a trail through towering Douglas-firs and hemlocks. Tucked away amongst a maze of logging roads outside of Sweet Home, we’ll likely be able to enjoy the amazing setting all to ourselves.

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Photo by Alan Hirschmugl.