Crabtree Valley Hike

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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Crabtree Valley Hike


  • Don't forget to look behind you...or you'll miss this great view of Mount Jefferson on your way to the lake.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • Columnar basalt stands alongside the start of the trail.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • Some of the best views are found right near the start of the hike.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • Gaps in the trees let the light shine down.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • Cat's ear blossoms in the open areas.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • Look for mushrooms growing from the old trees.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • Pretty wildflowers and succulents cluster along the rocky bits of the trail.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • Flowers of all colors decorate the forest in summer.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • Crabtree Lake is buried in the forest, guarded by thick trees.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • The lake is full of swimming newts.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • Scope out Crabtree Lake from behind a fence of rhododendrons.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • Explore the footpaths near the lake to discover meadows, rock outcrops, and more.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • Stonecrop grows along the rocks near the meadows.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • One of the meadows near Crabtree Lake.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • This concrete barrier promotes the Leave No Trace ethic.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • The trail alternates from sunny clearings to dark woods.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • Wildflowers are abundant in the clearings along the trail.- Crabtree Valley Hike
  • Catch the blooming rhododendrons in spring and early summer.- Crabtree Valley Hike
Overview + Weather
Solitude. Old-growth forest.
Long drive.
Willamette Foothills, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
800.00 ft (243.84 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
4.60 mi (7.40 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,800.00 ft (1,158.24 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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A fortress of rocky cliffs has protected the trees in Crabtree Valley from fire, wind, and logging for many centuries. This remote pocket of old-growth surrounds Crabtree Lake, an excellent destination for a wanderer seeking to spend time in quiet, old-growth forest.

Some of Oregon's largest and oldest trees grow here, including the giant King Tut. In the 1970s the land in Crabtree Valley was under private ownership and was threatened by logging. Local conservation advocates feared that this unique patch of old-growth forest would be lost, and they sought to build public interest in the land. They found a particularly large tree buried deep in the woods and named it King Tut as a way to draw attention to this special place. As a result of these efforts, the BLM eventually purchased the land in the mid 1980s. It is now identified as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern and protected as a valuable natural resource.

Don't plan on venturing off looking for King Tut today, as the route leading there has been lost under years of growing vegetation. Instead, stick to the path that follows trails and old logging roads to reach the edge of the lake. From there, you can find any number of old-growth trees nearly as big as the famed King Tut. Take some time to wander off to rocky viewpoints overlooking nearby meadows and enjoy the peace and quiet that this isolated treasure has to offer. 

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