My wife Krista and I absolutely loved visting the Francis Shrader Old Growth Trail near the Rogue River and the Oregon Coast. Along with massive, 250-foot-tall Douglas fir and Port Orford cedar trees, we saw a stunningly-rich diversity of plants and wildlife species.
There were lots of tasty huckleberries, as well as beautiful rhodendron, tanoak, and lush ferns, not to mention my favorite of all the plants, thick, bright-green mosses covering the branches of the towering trees. The forest was filled with divese birds including stunning woodpeckers and varied thrushes snacking in old snags.
The trail is an accessible 0.8 mile loop, with the beautiful sound of a creek along the majority of it, not to mention the happy calls of the many birds. We also appreciate the free flier that's available at the entrance which explains the numbered stations along the way.
We wanted more of a workout, so we chose to walk an extra couple miles up the road to the trailhead rather than drive all the way up the steep hill. It was also an enjoyable hike up and back through a younger forest. It is a well-maintained Forest Service and logging road that changes from pavement to packed gravel, but any car in good condition could make it up.
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Donna4 years ago
This place looks magical to me - love to be out with the trees!
Rick4 years ago
It truly is, Donna, especially when you add in the layers of bird song and flowing water and the sweet smells of the ancient forest. It's not quick to get to from Portland, but well worth it, especially with the awesome Rogue River and Coast so close by, too. Still puts a smile on my face thinkin' about that trip!