Francis Shrader Old-Growth Trail

Ophir, Oregon 97464

Francis Shrader Old-Growth Trail

Francis Shrader Old-Growth Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This is an interpretive hike through a multistoried old-growth coastal forest where huge cedar and Douglas fir intermingle with deciduous tan oak.

Rhododendron form a radiant spring understory. Your drive here will include road signs warning of logging trucks on the road and a clear-cut converted to a plantation of Douglas fir—visual reminders of why there are not many hikes like this left. Yes, it’s a short hike. But take time to savor it.

From the road, the looping Francis Shrader Old Growth Trail dives down into the forest, then splits. Take the path on the left to follow numbered interpretive sites in consecutive order. This is a very moist forest and there are plenty of mosquitoes looking for lunch, so you might want to protect yourself and Fido with insect repellent or long sleeves."

Francis Shrader Old-Growth Trail Reviews

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This is an excellent example of old growth forest. Definitely worth the short, leisurely hike if you have not seen old growth. The trail head is not even 30 minutes off US 101. The trail may be closed, be sure to call the Gold Beach Ranger District before trying to head out. Winter storms frequently damage the trail. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is due to it's shortness.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Summer, fall
Rogue River National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Signal Buttes 7.5' quadrangle
Local Maps