There are a few places that warrant an off-trail route to a unique spot. The Garden of the Trolls is a small area on a bench between the Dewdrop Range and Red Plateau. The rock features of the area can't been seen until you are right there, amongst the 25-30 standing rocks. Each one ranges from 8' to 20' high in a grassy, treed hillside amongst Douglas fir and juniper. The giant boulders are volcanic in origin, all pockmarked with holes and cracks.
To visit the Garden, drive up the Red Lake Road past the Dewdrop Road turn-off and then before the dramatic rise of the Red Plateau Bluffs, park at the side of the road, There is a good pull-out at N50 44.793 W120 32.073. An old double track leads west all the way to the Garden, but it is now overgrown and covered with deadfall so any route across the gentle hillside will work out.
The journey across the slope to the Garden is only about 1.3 km each way. Above are the dramatic cliffs of the east end of the Dewdrop Range. Bring you camera and a sense of wonder to this little-visited area.