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Crabtree Valley Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Old growth Douglas-firs in Crabtree Valley (cfm)
Crabtree Lake drains into Waterdog Meadow (cfm)
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  • Start point: Crabtree Valley TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Crabtree Lake
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out-and-back
  • Distance: 3.4 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 900 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: June to October
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: yes
  • Crowded: No


Hike Description

Hike down to a beautiful valley with a sparkling lake ringed by massive firs and cedars. Begin at the boulders located at the Crabtree Valley Trailhead. Climb over the boulders, and start hiking down this "reforested" road. You will soon turn a corner and begin dropping down into Crabtree Valley with glimpses of the lake below you. I do not recommend bushwacking this steep slope, stay on the road. When you get to the concrete barricades, take a sharp left and hike up into the valley. Continue through the next set of concrete barricades to get to the lake. Hiking distance from car to lake is 1.7 miles (one way), with an elevation change of ~900 feet.

Give yourself at least 3 hours for this trip. There is just a small trail around the lake, and several old roads to explore. This unique valley is really beautiful and you may want to visit the huge meadow/wetland, the surrounding rocky cliffs and the dramatic stands of old growth.


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  • Exploring Oregon's Wild Areas - 2nd Edition, by Wiliam L. Sullivan

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