Oregon's Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide

Oregon's Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide

by Chandra LeGue, Oregon Wild

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Overview

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 of Oregon Wild 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!



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


Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit Oregon Wild and support their advocacy work to protect the state’s most precious wild areas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781680512014
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date: 05/30/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 475,572
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild is the state's oldest and largest group dedicated to conserving Oregon's public lands and the wildlife that calls them home. Across five decades it has worked to secure protections for 1.7 million acres of Wilderness areas and nearly 1,800 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers. It is the region's leading voice for the protection and restoration of dwindling ancient forests in the Pacific Northwest region, of Oregon’s fragile population of gray wolves, and of the wetlands of the Klamath Basin.

Protecting ancient forests is a key part of Oregon Wild's history and future. Starting in the late 1970s, it helped nationalize the ancient forest issue and raised public awareness about the value of old-growth forests. Since then it has advanced protection for millions of acres of old-growth habitat through wilderness legislation, the Northwest Forest Plan, and the "eastside screens." And it has supported campaigns to secure permanent protection of mature and old-growth forests in the Northwest through federal legislation. Oregon Wild continues to devote significant resources to advocate for the protection and restoration of Oregon’s last remaining old-growth forests.

Table of Contents

Hikes at a Glance 8

Foreword 13

Introduction 15

Part 1 Understanding Oregon's Ancient Forests 17

Oregon's Ancient Forests: For Richer, For Poorer 18

Ancient Forest Ecology 38

How to Use This Guide 55

Part 2 Ancient Forest Hikes 65

North Coast 67

1 Tillamook Head 68

2 Cape Falcon 69

3 Cape Lookout 70

4 Munson Creek Falls 73

Central Coast Range 75

5 Drift Creek Wilderness 76

6 Marys Peak: East Ridge-Tie Trail Loop 78

7 Cape Perpetua and Gwynn Creek 81

8 PAWN Grove 82

9 Kentucky Falls 84

South Coast and Kalmiopsis 87

10 Coquille River Falls 89

11 Humbug Mountain State Park 90

12 Shrader Old-Growth Grove 92

13 Lower Rogue River 93

14 Illinois River Trail: Buzzards Roost 96

15 Babyfoot Lake 97

16 Redwood Nature Trait 99

17 Oregon Redwoods Trail 102

Siskiyou Crest 105

18 Oregon Caves National Monument 106

19 Sucker Creek 108

20 Collings Mountain 110

21 Grizzly Peak 112

22 Pacific Crest Trail: Hyatt Lake 113

23 Pacific Crest Trail: Green Springs Summit to Hobart Bluff 116

Mount Hood 119

24 Lost Lake 120

25 Salmon River 122

26 Barlow Pass 123

27 Boulder Creek and Boulder Lake 126

28 Fifteenmile Creek 128

Clackamas-Santiam 133

29 Clackamas Riverside Trail 134

30 Memaloose Lake 136

31 Bagby Hot Springs 138

32 Opal Creek 139

33 South Fork Breitenbush 141

34 Crabtree Valley 143

35 Three Pyramids 145

36 House Rock 146

37 Echo Basin 148

Upper Willamette and McKenzie 151

38 Browder Ridge 152

39 McKenzie River Trail: Fish Lake Creek to Great Spring 154

40 McKenzie River Trail: Carmen Reservoir to Tamolitch Falls 156

41 Tidbits Mountain 158

42 Lookout Creek 160

43 Delta Old Growth Nature Trail 162

44 Shale Ridge 164

45 Goodman Creek 166

46 Patterson Mountain 167

47 Larison Creek 169

48 Black Canyon 170

49 Island Lakes Basin 172

50 Rosary Lakes 174

51 Upper Middle Fork Willamette: Indigo Springs 178

52 Brice Creek 180

53 Fairview Creek 182

Upper Umpqua 185

54 Wolf Creek Falls 186

55 Tokatee and Watson Falls 187

56 Twin Lakes 189

57 Yellow Jacket Glade 191

58 Cripple Camp 196

59 Upper Cow Creek 198

South Cascades 201

60 Upper Rogue River Trail: Takelma and Rogue Gorges 202

61 Union Creek 204

62 South Fork Rogue River 206

63 Cherry Creek 208

64 Brown Mountain 211

Central Oregon 215

65 Metolius River 216

66 Benham Falls 218

67 Cultus River and Benchmark Butte 219

68 Mill Creek Wilderness 220

69 Lookout Mountain 222

Klamath-Lakeview 225

70 Blue Jay Spring 226

71 Gearhart Mountain Wilderness 227

72 Augur Creek 229

73 Cottonwood Meadow Lake 232

Northern Blue Mountains 235

74 North Fork Walla Walla River 236

75 South Fork Walla Walla River 237

76 North Fork Umatilla 239

77 Buck Creek 242

78 Dutch Flat Creek 243

79 South Fork Desolation Creek 245

Blue Mountains 249

80 Magone Lake 250

81 Swick Old Growth Grove 252

82 Strawberry Lake 253

83 Sheep Creek 254

84 North Fork Malheur River 257

85 Malheur River Canyon 258

86 Myrtle Creek 260

Wallowas 263

87 Hells Canyon National Recreation Area: Corral Creek 264

88 Cougar Ridge 266

89 North Fork Catherine Creek 268

90 Imnaha River 269

91 Eagle Creek 272

Acknowledgments 275

Glossary 277

Resources 279

References 282

Index 283

About Oregon Wild 286

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