Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
800.00 ft (243.84 m)
Trail type
4.60 mi (7.40 km)
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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. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Solitude. Old-growth forest.


Long drive.

Trailhead Elevation

3,800.00 ft (1,158.24 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Old-growth forest

Suitable for



Nearby Lodging + Camping


The field guide instructions are missing a few turns - you need to make a left turn when the trail hits the logging road at the bottom of the hill, walk to the end of the road, and then pick up the trail again past the barriers.
This road is a lower trailhead that cuts off most of the distance and elevation gain, which would make for an easier hike, but it appears that the local partiers have already found this out. The place was just trashed. Toilet paper out in the open, flies buzzing around, and garbage left out.
Make sure you follow the field guild. The road you hike to the lake goes in several directions and it is not obvious which way that lake is. I found this post after hiking it :-)
Did this today, at about a quarter mile from the lake and there was a truck parked on the side of the road. Did i miss something? From what i could see prior to today all the roads on the west side are private owned Weyerhaeuser North Valley Snow Peak section.
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