Valley of the Giants, Polk County, Oregon
Posted by: T.O.M._3
N 44° 56.183 W 123° 42.933
10T E 443541 N 4976132
Quick Description: Check out the Valley of the Giants, in Oregon!
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 11/4/2011 11:02:45 PM
Waymark Code: WMD15D
This 51 acre forest preserve is located in the Oregon Coast Range near Falls City, Oregon, and is managed by the BLM. In 1976 the BLM listed the site as an Outstanding Natural Area and in June 2008 the Oregon Heritage Tree Program bestowed the additional designation of Heritage Tree Grove.
The Valley of the Giants is considered to be Oregon's last stand of five-hundred year old Douglas fir trees. The North Fork of the Siletz River runs through the valley, which has limited access and is surrounded by private timberland. A hiking bridge provides access to the trail that leads to the dwelling place of the giants. Plan on spending an entire day for this hike. Call the BLM (503-375-5646) to receive a copy of the recommended driving directions. The road may not be suitable for passenger cars and a spare tire is recommended.
This remote area soaks up more than 180 inches of rain each year, making it a suitable location for growing giant Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock. One giant specimen that called the Valley of the Giants home was a tree called the "Big Guy" who toppled over in a wind storm in 1984 after living more than 600 years and attaining a height of 230 feet, and 36.5 inches in girth.
To view a video of the Giants that live in Oregon, check out this video from "Grants Getaways": (visit link