August 13, 1995
Beginning in 1972 when this area was privately owned, various exchanges have been accomplished.
The BLM, the Nature Conservancy and Willamette Industries worked cooperatively to preserve this
Presently Carolyn’s Crown/Schafer Creek portion is designated RNA (Research Natural Area)
and the Crabtree Lake region is ONA (Outstanding Natural Area).
Although roads are there, it seems certain that these protective measures will preserve this place.
The lake itself, the glacier formed valley, rocky cliffs, Waterdog Meadows, an old-growth forest
featuring large western red cedars and western hemlock, a nice stream, various flora are some of
the features of Crabtree Valley.
Following is a sentence from a government report:
“A diversity of old-growth and aquatic ecological niches are present within the complex
biological communities of the near-climax forest.’
[Translation: “It’s really great…”]
We drove through Sweet Home, then through the Quartzville Recreational Area, up the Yellowstone
Creek Road to the trail head.
We hiked down into the valley, up to the lake where we lunched on a large basalt outcropping with
We explored the east side of Crabtree Lake, backtracked a bit, then went through heavy brush almost
to the source of Schafer Creek.
We think we found the premier Douglas fir, King Tut, but I cannot verify this fact.
The return hike was upill and in the hot sun a bit tiring, total about six miles.
Most of our group enjoyed fellowship, pie and coffee at The Point Restaurant opposite Foster
Like the Crabtree Valley, our 16 hikers were a diverse and most interesting group of individuals
who blended very nicely.
Participants were: Non-members Meredith Allen, Valdas Anelauskas, Max Brown, Gianna diFranco,
Jim Fritz, Don Jennings, Charles Peters, David Stone, and Lee Williams,
and Obsidians Joanne Ledet, Helen Liguori, Ray Mikesell, Sandy Moore, Velma Shirk, Harvey Speck
and Ray Jensen, trip leader.