Valsetz was a timber company town that was established in 1919 and had a population of over 1000 in the mid-20th century. It was decommissioned by the company and destroyed in 1984. Today, you can still see some of the towns streets, the foundations of buildings and houses, and the remains of a large reservoir known as Lake Valsetz. The 37 mile drive from downtown Corvallis takes about 75 minutes (see route).
All of the routes use roads owned by private timber companies, that are subject to limits on public access andfire season restrictions and closures. Please review the information at the link above. This area is most likely to be open between Mid-September and early July.
Contemporary photos of Valsetz
Railroad Street in Valsetz nearing site of Post Office
The remains of Valsetz Lake
Looking down on Valsetz Lake
More information about Valsetz
Here are sources for more information about the former town: