Valley of the Giants Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Falls City, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length1.4 miElevation gain396 ftRoute typeLoop
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Getting There

Please note that this trail is on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management and is often used for logging. Be sure to stay on trail; do not wander the area. Also, directions will not bring you directly to the trailhead because of private roads that may be closed. Please read section below and click on "Getting There" tab for more in-depth directions. Before visiting, call the Salem office of the BLM (503 375-5646) to get information about closures and directions, Better to visit on weekends as there is intense logging activity in the area. Roads usually closed during fire season (late summer/early fall)

From the bridge in Falls City, drive 4.5 miles to a Y junction (The road becomes gravel after 0.6 miles, and after 1.6 miles you will pass a gate and the first of many private road signs). Drive 14.4 miles on the main road to a gravel circle and road junction. Keep straight if the yellow gate is open (You will need to detour if it is not; usually this gate is open if there is active gravel pit activity on the detour). Drive 1.2 miles through the old logging town site of Valsetz, now overgrown with planted trees. Reach an open area with some old foundations and go right to continue along the South Fork Siletz River for another 1.3 miles before bearing left to cross the river on a bridge and come to a junction, where you turn right. OR Detour: If the yellow gate is not open, go left and cross a small bridge to come to a junction. After 0.2 miles come to a junction and go right on Pond Road. Keep right after 0.7 miles. After 2.4 miles after driving above the sea of alders and young conifers that have sprouted in the drained bed of Valsetz Lake, come to a Y junction at a large marshy area. Go right here and drive 1.6 miles, passing through a quarry area, to a junction near a bridge over the South Fork Siletz. Keep straight here to follow the directions below. Drive 3.3 miles along the south bank of the river to a junction, where you bear right and recross the South Fork Siletz. After 0.5 miles, come to a junction and go right (uphill) on Road 100. In 0.3 miles, keep left on Road 100. After another 0.3 miles, stay left after crossing a bridge. Drive 1.1 miles and keep left at a junction, driving next to the North Fork Siletz River (The potholes along this stretch are deeper, so drive slowly). Go another 3.1 miles to a junction, and keep left on BLM Road 7-8-32 (You are now on public lands). The road crosses the North Fork Siletz and rises for 1.5 miles to a junction. Go right here and drive downhill for 0.5 miles to the gravel pullout on the right. This is the Valley of the Giants Trailhead.

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Jon A
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Hiking

Hard to find but worth it when you get there

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j c
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Hiking

Horrible drive and the forest was so-so. Not worth the effort.

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Tara Bossie
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HikingGreat!

The trail is wonderful! A short, easy hike with huge old growth and varied terrain. It's full of gorgeous ferns and amazing trees on a well kept trail. The road in is LONG. Keep going and going and going. We often thought we must have missed it, but kept driving. There are VOG signs sporadically the whole way. Once you reach the trailhead you WILL KNOW. There is a large trail billboard with a map. The trail entrance is obvious.

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Janice Lopez
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Hiking

Scenery was absolutely stunning. Old growth forest with magnificent trees. Getting to the trailhead was an adventure in itself. Do not follow google. Go to Falls City OR and take the written directions from the app. Also, the directions do not note it but there are orange road delineator signs that say VOG. Just keep an eye out for them and it will reassure you that you’re on the right road. Drive is long but scenic. Well worth it.

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Aaron Phillips
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Hiking

long drive, good trail, if you're not skilled in navigation don't attempt the drive.

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Eric Shontz
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HikingBugsOver grown

Trail is moderate for steepness and current condition, but it’s a manageable distance to hike. It’s a small very large tree grove, but not like the Redwoods Old Grove in CA. Still large and impressive but unless you like getting your truck dirty and having fun in 4Hi I don’t think it’s worth the drive. Lastly wear pants as there’s lots of trail overgrowth, gnats, and mosquitoes. Good info for getting there below from Cody W. It’s not a washboard road but if you air down your tires it’s a much better ride.

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cody weaver
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Hiking

Do not follow google maps! From Fall City, take the split left toward Valsetz then Follow the orange fiberglass markers on the side of the road that have VOG written down them with a arrow pointing which direction to take at the split. Google maps will take you 30 miles in, to a dead end. VOG isn’t that far in. The roads are All gravel logging roads, once you get outside of Fall City. Watch out for log trucks if your out there during the week.

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Joe Smith
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Couldn't make it up, gated at all entrances. checked grand ronde way and falls city.

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Rosy Marcelino-Macias
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Hiking

DO NOT USE THIS APP DIRECTIONS , YOU CAN NOT GET VALLEY OF THE GIANTS THROUGH GRAND RONDE The only way to get there is thru Falls City . Once you get to falls city you still have about 30 miles all on gravel road. Follow the VOG sign they will help you get there . It’s cool to say you been there but you won’t see too many of the larger trees. There are lots of places to pull over and swim and have a nice picnic .

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Robert Ac
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Walking

Only worth it if you like driving on dirt roads for awhile. It's great if you do, not great if you don't.

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Quintin Reynolds
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Hiking

Great trail . But from fall city it’s 25 miles . Also I believe the hike it’s self is a bit longer then 1.4 miles . Both this app and my phone said it was over two miles . That being said though very beautiful but to hard to get too .

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Scott Nollen
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Do not use your gps to get here. We first ended up at a locked gate at grand ronde. The only way to get there in going through falls city. Still don’t trust your gps like we did. It will take you to a dead end road. We had to back track many miles. So when you are on the gravel road after going through falls city keep a lookout for little signs that say VOG with an telling you what why to go. It’s easy after that. As for the trail it’s worth seeing, there’s not a ton of big trees like the redwoods but it was a nice short hike!

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HikingBlowdown

The trailhead is fairly easy to reach once you get to Falls City. Go past the post office and up the gravel road and follow the mileposts marked VOG. The road isn't bad at all. Well maintained and able to travel in a passenger vehicle. With that said, the road is long. So long that I will likely never return to this place. The place is nice. A few fallen trees that block the path, but easy to walk around. It just wasn't enough for the long journey. This place has been on many lists as a "must see" place in Oregon. If you're curious, then you may want to check it out. That's what I did, and I can say that I saw it. But I won't be returning.

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Linda Tucker Serniak
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HikingBlowdown

This is a pleasant and easy trail. It can be a bit rooty in places and there are several spots where trees have fallen and the trail has been rerouted, which can make it a little confusing. However, the trees are beautiful and there's a nice little picnic spot. It's also very shady for most of the hike. Getting there takes longer than the actual hike, which is a little annoying. It's fairly straightforward to drive from Falls City - use the BLM directions or one of the recordings. For the first 15 miles you stick to the main road, but once you get to the Valsetz area, it's trickier. However, there are currently orange posts that say "VOG" with arrows to guide you at key intersections which makes it very easy. I would definitely not want to do this drive during the week with logging trucks, though.

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Melinda Martin
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

The BLM has recently placed markers along the road to more clearly mark the way to VOG. I recorded the track from the Falls City Post Office on Bridge Street... start there and follow my recording (click on the Recordings tab on the main page, and open my recording to follow along)! Easy-peasy! It was a gorgeous day out there today. And those Douglas Fir giants were looking fantastic!

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Ryan Mishler
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Ashley Johnson
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Hiking

It was a nice drive to the trail head. we explored Valsetz a old logging town and even seen a fresh water spring tapped out of the mountian. But can definitely be confusing if you do not follow the directions on the Valley of the Giants site. We packed a 8 month old and a 3 year old the majority of the hike so we took our time. it was a easy hike some encline not to bad. Definitely worth the walk beautiful scenery and beautiful river and huge trees.

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Joshua Williamson
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Hiking

ive tried looking for this trail 2 times its not worth going and road is dangerous

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Roger Webb
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Hiking

unable to locate trailhead

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Melissa Black
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Amazing hike. We used the BLM directions found online and they were spot on. It’s a tad difficult to get to, but 100% worth the drive. Just make sure to go on a weekend when the loggers are off. Otherwise the road could be narrow and quite dangerous with this slighting trucks. A MUST SEE TRAIL!!!

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Melody Harrington
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FYI...the directions link to the trail appears to be wrong. When we attempted to follow the directions, we came to a gate with a sign stating that wasn't the way to Valley of the Giants. I didn't ever find the trail so please ignore my Star rating...it was required to share my comment.

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Rebecca G
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I wanted to be impressed but honestly it’s not worth the drive. I followed Matt’s directions (listed below my review) not the all trail directions and found the trailhead fairly easily. The logging road does split off a couple times, however ~ just stay to the right and you will find it. The trail was nicely maintained and there were only a few hikers out. The Siletz River has some pretty cascading falls as you drive along the logging road. The trees are beautiful but as I’m an avid hiker and Oregon adventurer, I think there are hundreds of better options for a day trip.

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Matt Bertrand
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Long rugged road, all wheel drive and ground clearance recommended. Plan on an hour drive from Falls City, it’s relatively easy to find though. From Falls City take Bridge Street and essentially stay on the road from pavement to large gravel road to small single lane logging road. At the road marker “100” turn right and follow till you see the tiny brown road marker with “vog” for Valley if the Giants, it’s about .5 miles from the sign to the trailhead. Phenomenal short hike through pristine native forest. Definitely worth it.

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Eric Maestas
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Hiking

I tried to get to this hike from 2 separate routes was unable to get to this trail. I attempted a logging road about milepost 10.5 or 11 on Highway 18 and the road simply disappeared and had to turn around. I then tried going all the way up Slick Rock Creek Rd until it turns into NF 1782 but met a locked gate and private property about 5 miles up. I will try some other routes at a later date and update this info when I do.

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Sara Breyman
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Beautiful

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Sheila Faulkner
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Hiking

I make it a ritual to take in this brc and enjoy the silence and grand beauty of the VOG. A nice little hike for all members of the family. Respect the beauty of the forest and leave no trace.

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Heidi Schultz
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Long drive for a short hike. Pretty but nothing really extraordinary.

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