Mary's Peak, the highest point in the Coast Range has a variety of trails, and spectacular views from Ocean to Cascades
Marys Peak, at 4,097 feet, is the highest point in Oregon’s Coast Range and the most prominent peak to the west of Corvallis. On a clear day, from the top of the peak, you can see both the Pacific Ocean to the west and many of the Cascade peaks to the east across the Willamette Valley. Wildflower displays in the meadow and rock gardens change...
In this guide you will be exploring the many trails around little Bald Hill just outside of town
This is a great area to bring dogs. The trails here are super easy. These are literally all the trails in the area (and 2 unknown secret ones). A paved path runs along the base of Bald Hill and there are numerous single track trails great for hiking or mountain biking. You'll probably also eat a lot of blackberries if you time the year right.
This guide covers nearly every trail possible in the park.
This is a great park for the family. There are a bunch of trails that spiderweb their way around the woods behind the park. There are a crazy amount of junctions in this track. Use the track here as a guide to explore the area. Don't worry, it's not big enough for you to get seriously lost. There are also 3 different exits to neighborhoods and...
A wonderful hike just outside of the town of Corvallis with views over the City below.
This is a great hike or bike ride just outside of town. You'll have great views from the top over Corvallis and towards Mary's Peak to the west. I commonly bike this and it is a great trail for beginners to mountain biking as the trails are open year round, well maintained, and not technical.
A fun ride to the highest point in MacDunn Research Forrest
This ride will take you up gravel forrest service roads to the highest point in MacDunn Forrest then return you to the trailhead via two very fun singletrack trails.
This is a nice forrest service road climb leading to steep switchbacks and a fun singletrack descent.
This is one of the most popular mountain biking and trail running loops in MacDunn Forrest outside of Corvallis. Short and sweet with a gradual road climb, a few steep switchbacks, and then a killer descent on great singletrack.
This is a great bike loop for some exercise in the MacDunn Research Forest of Corvallis, OR
This is a stellar 9.3 mile loop that will burn your legs with 1,900 feet of elevation gain on mostly gravel forest service roads but with a couple single track descents and descents along the way. Feel free to hike this if you'd like also.
The old fire road to the top of Bald Hill is the quickest way to get a great view over Corvallis and off to the sunset
The fire road up to the summit of Bald Hill is an easy and fast way to get to the top and enjoy a great view of Corvallis and the surrounding area, as well as a perfect place to watch the sunset.
A fun afternoon mountain bike ride if you live in the Corvallis and want some exercise after work.
This short ride from the Bald Hill area is great for an afterwork workout as it is just outside of town. If you want you can combine this guide with the one I made for Fitton Green or the multiple guides for Bald Hill for a more thorough workout. Although there aren't any good views at the top there is a bench to rest at after the switchbacks with...
A nice ride up to amazing views of the Mary's Peak and the Coast Range from Bald Hill in Corvallis, OR
Enjoy this bike ride to the newest park in the Benton County area. The Allen Throop Loop at the top has a beautiful open meadow with sweeping views towards Mary's Peak and down towards teh towns of Philomath and Corvallis.
Moderate hike through the woods type hike through six of pine, fir and maple trees, as well as Crone Miller lake.
Peavy Arboretum is an arboretum operated by Oregon State University and located on Arboretum Road, Corvallis, Oregon. The arboretum was dedicated by the university in 1926, operated as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp from 1933-1942, and reverted to College of Forestry management in 1964. While the CCC was active, they planted trees, expanded...
After a long climb up from Oak Creek, this loop trail is an often-missed gem.
This year-round mountain bike trail is a hidden gem of Mac/Dunn forest. It's just a short spin up a spur road near some of the most travelled areas of the forest, yet you'll likely never see a soul up here. Along the way, look out for one of the largest Douglass firs in the area - literally! It's right in front of you on one of the switchbacks,...
A short hike through old growth temperate rainforest, only minutes outside town!
This is the best place to see what the Coastal Range used to look like before European settlers and modern logging. The massive trees here were sheltered by the steep valley and later donated to OSU as part of the Research Forest. It's an impressive place, even more so when you realize that the entire area used to look similarly.
This BRAND NEW trail complements the nearby Old Growth Trail and shows the stark difference between the two.
The brand new addition to the Mcdonald-Dunn Forest, the New Growth Trail is a mile loop through Douglass fir regrowth forest. It is an active research area for the Forestry Department at OSU and shows many stages and strategies in reforestation after logging operations.
Located in Kings Valley this hike follows a creek up a canyon, and a short hill hike to a meadow view.
You'll find hiking trails for all ages and abilities. A short hike through a habitat for birds. A medium hike up the canyon along Plunkett Creek. A longer hike up the hill to a meadow viewpoint. Located in Kings Valley, this is the largest of all Benton County Parks at 586 acres and the most recent County acquisition, donated in July 2000. The...
Easy hike on the wooden Homer Campbell Boardwalk to an observation blind overlooking Cabell Marsh.
This recently constructed boardwalk winds through the Muddy Creek riparian area that is seasonally flooded with winter rains. Oregon ash and big-leaf maple are the common tree species, providing canopy for many songbirds. Thrushes, bushtits and juncos are commonly heard. The boardwalk ends at Cabell Marsh, where an observation blind provides seasonal...
Easy trail through oak woodland habitat and up to an overlook with exceptional views of the valley and the Cascade Range
In 2005 Woodpecker Loop trail was recognized as a National Recreation Trail. This loop trail begins and ends at the parking lot. The trail begins in a oak woodland habitat and then climbs slightly to an overlook that allows exceptional views of the valley and the Cascade Range. Here you also get a good view of Bald Top, which is a native oak savannah...
Easy hike around Mill Hill through a forest of oak woodland, mature maple, and Douglas fir.
This up and down trail takes you through many different forest types: oak woodland, mature maple, and Douglas fir. Look for wood ducks on Gray Creek. Rest on one of the benches to watch for elk, deer, bobcat and other woodland wildlife around the forest margins.
Easy hike, picnic area, and information nature hike about the former site of Fort Hoskins.
From the hillside, you can see the Luckiamute River flowing east in the valley below. The Luckiamute Band of Kalapuya Indians once maintained a village on the valley floor. They were one of the many linguistically and culturally related bands of people collectively known as the Kalapuya who occupied the Willamette Valley. The Kalapuya intensively...
Take this service road around the Cabell Marsh to see a variety of wildfowl
This is one of the best walks in the refuge and unless the marsh is frozen you are pretty much gauranteed to see some widlife. Keep an eye out for egrets, ducks, eagles, ospreys, herons and songbirds along the trail. If you have time it is great to combine this trip with the Memorial Boardwalk as well which I have another guide for.
This guide connects popular together for an all encompassing loop of the various environments with the wildlife refuge
In this mega loop of the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge I have strung together 5 different popular trails to make one massive loop that will take you through all the different environments the refuge has to offer. You'll climb hills, circle around ponds and marshes and finish with an amazing brand new boardwalk. Along the way you will...
This is a nice loop trail with just over 200 ft of elevation that will take you through varied woods and past a wetland
Keep an eye out for song birds, banana slugs and tons of elk and deer tracks as you make your way along this wonderful loop hike through varied woods, meadows and past a wetland area. Take the time to enjoy sitting on the benches to observe the wildlife and peace of nature.
Take this loop hike with very little elevation gain around two ponds filled with waterfowl.
This is a nice loop hike around two ponds where you have a great chance of seeing herons, ospreys and a variety of waterfowl. The trail is very flat and during the spring months or after a rainfall can be very muddy so bring old shoes.
Take two boardwalk trails in this guide for some amazing bird watching in this beautiful wildlife refuge south of Salem
This wildlife refuge just south of Salem is home to a wide variety of bird species. In this guide you will find two very nice boardwalk trails through wetlands that lead to covered bird blinds for wildlife viewing. Make sure you bring a camera with a good zoom lens and some binoculars.
Two beautiful waterfalls that gush in the winter and great for swimming in the summer.
Alsea Falls Recreation Area is next to the South Fork Alsea River, in a lush coastal forest of red cedars, maples, and Douglas firs. The recreation area has 22 picnic tables, 16 campsites, hiking trails, and an outstanding view of Alsea Falls. Throughout the spring and summer, visitors find blooming rhododendrons, Oregon grapes, dogwoods, and other...