Frances Shrader Old Growth Trail #1172

This short hike is one of the best opportunities to see an old-growth forest close to the coast, providing botanical observation, interpretive opportunities, solitude, and wildflower viewing opportunities.

Dedicated to Frances Shrader, longtime employee of the Forest Service, this interpretive 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 coniferous 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. The trail has a gentle slope suitable for all ages, with two benches and two picnic tables tucked along its length.

A free guide is available specifically for the trail, outlining in detail the natural attractions it offers.

At a Glance

Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns:
  • Gold Beach, OR
  • Brookings, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Restroom: None
Information Center: Gold Beach Ranger District

General Information


Use Frances Shrader Old Growth Trailhead

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


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy

Interpretive Areas

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles

  Elevation : 
1,100 feet