Francis Shrader Old Growth Trail #1172


Dedicated to Frances Shrader, longtime employee of the Forest Service, this trail is an excellent outdoor learning experience. Some of the Northwest's largest hardwoods and stately old growth Douglas fir trees are found on this loop trail. The virgin forest here is dense, lush and green. Several of the old trees show fire scars from flames which burned the area many years ago, but the trees' thick bark protected them from serious harm. In all, more than 22 species of trees, plants, and shrubs can be seen along this trail. The trail has a gentle slope suitable for all ages with two benches and two picnic tables tucked along it's length. A free guide is available specifically for the trail, outlining in detail the natural attractions it offers. This short hike is one of the best opportunities to see a climax old growth forest close to the coast. Botanical observation, day hike, interpretive opportunities, solitude, wildflower viewing opportunities.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 03/15/2013: No current conditions report available.
Fees No
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns:
  • Gold Beach, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Gold Beach Ranger District

General Information


Use Francis Shrader Old Growth Trailhead

General Notes:
  • Trail is not designed for: pack and saddle, mountain bike, motorized bike, ATV, 4-wheel drive, barrier free



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Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles

  Elevation : 
1,100 feet