Fun Trail Facts
and hemlock trees, so many of which are well over 20 feet in circumference and a couple hundred feel tall.
It's hard to feel aged here, as many of the trees are over 400 years old.
In 1976, the Bureau of Land Management designated the site as an Outstanding Natural Area.
Valley of the Giants
County & State
Polk County, Oregon
Oregon Coast Range
Latitude & Longitude (DEC)
If you and yours can survive the 30-mile trek on logging roads to reach the trailhead, this is a great place. I had no troubles with my 5-year-old or 2-year-old.
I'd say the full loop and exploring side trails was 2 miles.
Access to Trailhead
Insane. Call the BLM’s Salem District Office at 503-375-5646 for directions and road information. I found a PDF of the directions here, and they worked well for our trip. That said, one unanticipated gate closure would have made for some teeth gnashing.
It's hard to say much about the glory of this little parcel of land. Much like trying to photograph them, large trees are difficult to to convey in words.
It's an awe-inducing place where Ents truly live.
Large sections of the trail were completely safe for both Trail Kids to do their thing. This was my daughter's first time doing most of a hike outside of a carrier, and her aptitude for it floored me.
In another moment of fatherhood beaming, I watched my son do everything he could to help his sister on her way. He held back branches, warned her about stumps, and held her hand on steep parts of the trail.
The journey to the Valley of the Giants is a wonderful lesson in patience, prayer, and good tires. In all seriousness, it is a living classroom for forestry. The 30 miles to the area is a trek through clearcuts and monoculture reforestation still in its infancy. Once you reach your destination, it's all about what happens when these forests are not disturbed.