Crabtree Valley

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 treasure. 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 nice views. 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 Reservoir. 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.

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