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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.

Muir Woods National Monument sits in a secluded valley north of San Francisco.
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Muir Woods National Monument sits in a secluded valley north of San Francisco.

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.