Oregon's Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide


Hike in the Heart of Oregon

Dripping coastal forests of giant Douglas-firs, high desert groves of massive ponderosa pines, and lush mixed conifer forests surrounding jagged Cascade peaks--Oregon’s ancient forests are one of the region’s most precious treasures, providing not only vital habitat for fish and wildlife but also some of the most amazing hiking experiences in the state. Author Chandra LeGue, Oregon Wild’s Western Oregon Field Coordinator, wants you to know and love these incredible places and guides you to them with 91 awe-inspiring hikes that reveal the very soul of Oregon. 

This comprehensive guide explains what makes ancient forests so unique as well as what types exist in Oregon, where they are, who manages them, why so few still survive, and what threats they continue to face. Covering natural history, human history, flora, and fauna, Oregon’s Ancient Forests offers a depth of information that will help you understand these complex ecosystems and their extraordinary value. Devote your next day outdoors to exploring some of these wonders, and get inspired to find out what you can do to protect them!

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Features include:

  • Full-color maps and photos
  • Trailhead GPS coordinates and driving directions
  • Trail distance, elevation gain, difficulty rating, and best season to visit
  • Type and protection status of each forest
  • At-a-glance guide for easy hike selection
  • Details on permits and fees

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Chandra's Blog

Blog Post #1: Following the Trail Before Me

Blog Post #2: Adventure Awaits in our Ancient Forests

Blog Post #3: Changing Forests, Many Trails

Blog Post #4: September in our Ancient Forests

Blog Post #5: Forecast: Winter and Back to Work

Blog Post #6: A Tale of Two Ancient Forests

Blog Post #7: Women in the Woods

Blog Post #8: Hopes and fears for Oregon's Ancient Forests


Background and history

In 1991, Oregon Wild (then Oregon Natural Resources Council or ONRC) published a book by one of its longest-serving staff members, Wendell Wood: "A Walking Guide to Oregon's Ancient Forests." Now, over 25 years later and two years after Wendell's untimely death, another Oregon Wild staffer, Chandra LeGue, is working to update and republish this "hiking guide that gives a damn." The new edition, called "Oregon's Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide" will include nearly a hundred hike descriptions to help forest lovers explore some of Oregon's last remaining ancient forests, while giving readers the context and appreciation they need to be advocates for our forest ecosystems in a political climate that often puts industry profits ahead of public values.