Article and photographs submitted by Daryl Lloyd.
Hidden in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Willard, WA you’ll find a stand of giant Western Red Cedars. Growing up to about 10 feet in diameter at breast height (dbh) they are intermixed with Douglas firs of up to 8 1/2 feet diameter. These are possibly the largest known trees in the Columbia River Gorge area.
This rare, half-mile-long strip of ancient forest, which have been named the “Giant Trees of Lost Creek” is an amazing treasure that deserves special protection.
The late Russ Jolley often visited the largest Doug fir in the stand and kept it a secret…except to a few people. Approximately 8 1/2 feet in diameter, the “Jolley Fir” is a very tall tree with a healthy crown, and could be the largest tree (in volume) in the Columbia River Gorge area.