Muir Woods National Monument sits in a secluded valley north of San Francisco.
The West's Magical Trees
Want to walk among giants? Our roundup suggests some of the best places to visit and appreciate ancient old-growth forests.
Redwoods, Douglas firs, and cedars dot the Western landscape with majestic beauty and offer a glimpse into a land before our time. Old-growth forests may be dwindling, but of the four-percent that remain, a majority of these ancient giants can be found in the West. Here are places in Northern California, Oregon, and Montana where you can walk among them.
Oregon's tall trees: Tree top adventures in a Douglas fir
Muir Woods: Redwoods groves north of San Francisco
Redwood Highway: Nine worthy stops along U.S. Route 101
Montana's Red Cedars: Ancient trunks up to 175-feet-tall
Tree debate: Pros and cons on logging
Photography by Ben Davidson
This article was first published in March 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.