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Corvallis Guide

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Mary's Peak
Mary's Peak

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...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Dimple Hill with Horse Trail Return Loop Hike
Dimple Hill with Horse Trail Return Loop Hike

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...

Coastal Range: Corvallis to Waldport
Coastal Range: Corvallis to Waldport

From the foothills around Corvallis, to the waterfalls and old growth trees in the Siuslaw National Forest, to the ocean beaches in and around Waldport you'll find lots to see and do.

Bald Hill Natural Area Exploration in Corvallis
Bald Hill Natural Area Exploration in Corvallis

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...

Starker Forest Bike Ride
Starker Forest Bike Ride

This is a fun ride up some forest roads deep into the Starker Forest portion of MacDunn. The descent is a great ride with views over a clear cut section of forrest. On the descent there is a single...

Uproute Trail and Extendo Descent - MacDunn Forest
Uproute Trail and Extendo Descent - MacDunn Forest

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...

Rated 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
McCulloch Peak with Extendo Descent in MacDunn
McCulloch Peak with Extendo Descent in MacDunn

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.

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Martin Luther King Park Trail Network
Martin Luther King Park Trail Network

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...

Chip Ross Park Loop
Chip Ross Park Loop

This is a short route that is perfect for a short walk (can be a romantic one too!). It is also a great place to take your dog for some exercise and maybe to chace some deer. At the top is a truly...

Lower Dan's Trail Mountain Biking
Lower Dan's Trail Mountain Biking

This is a fun loop to do after you get out of work if you live in Corvallis as it can be done in about an hour if you are in good shape. You will also have the option if you have more time and energy...

Beazell Memorial Forest
Beazell Memorial Forest

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.

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Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Fort Hoskins Park
Fort Hoskins Park

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...

Midge Kramer Path (53rd St. to Oak Creek Rd.)
Midge Kramer Path (53rd St. to Oak Creek Rd.)

This section of the Midge Kramer Path gives you a long ribbon of paved trail to bike or walk. It's a great spot for a run and can be quite crowded in the spring as everyone enjoys the flowers.

Midge Kramer Path (53rd St. to Reservoir Ave.)
Midge Kramer Path (53rd St. to Reservoir Ave.)

Whether you choose to bike or walk this section of the Midge Kramer Path, make sure you take time to look at the details. From rough-skinned newts and apple blossoms to farm fields and fairgrounds,...

Midge Kramer Path
Midge Kramer Path

This section of the Midge Kramer Path is a great 2.4 mile out-and-back. Through most of the trail, a dirt path runs parallel with the paved, offering a choice of running or biking surfaces.

There...

Restoration Forest Path
Restoration Forest Path

The restoration forest area at Crystal Lake Sports FIelds is a smooth 2 mile out-and-back on asphalt. It's crowded in the summer as the sports fields draw tons of local teams out to play baseball,...

Woods Edge Trail
Woods Edge Trail

This packed earth trail is a good alternative to the paved path through the middle of Crystal Lake sports park. You cut down on the traffic and the unleashed dogs and spend more time in the trees.

Forest Path - Kendall Natural Area
Forest Path - Kendall Natural Area

This path is a great one for the summertime heat wave. You can wade in as deep as you like, while your dogs can get a great workout hiking and then chasing tennis balls in the current.

Willamette River Path - Kendall Natural Area
Willamette River Path - Kendall Natural Area

If you want to get away from the crowds in this popular park, take this riverside loop instead. It follows the curve of the Willamette River and offers many options to duck out to the cobble and sand...

Willamette River Summertime Float
Willamette River Summertime Float

This float is a local favorite on hot days in Corvallis. The float only lasts an hour or so and you won't be going through any thrilling rapids but if you lack a nearby pool when temperatures in the...

Avery Park Loop
Avery Park Loop

This one mile loop through Avery Park is a great place to run, bike, or take your kids to the playground.

With lots of different play structures, including the famous "dinosaur bones" sculpture,...

Frenkel Boardwalk Trail
Frenkel Boardwalk Trail

This boardwalk is an easy path through the marsh. You can expect to see waterfowl and marsh songbirds as you stroll down the well-maintained trail.

Woodland Discovery Trail
Woodland Discovery Trail

This quick loop takes you through a half mile section of forest, with plenty of signs and plaques to explain what you're seeing. It's a great loop for kids to learn about the forest.

Patterson Road to Dimple Hill
Patterson Road to Dimple Hill

From the parking area at Oak Creek, this trail climbs almost 1400 feet in 3-4 miles. But the effort is worth the reward! From the top, you can enjoy a view of the entire southern Willamette Valley on...

Oak Creek Homestead Trail
Oak Creek Homestead Trail

This short loop around the Oak Creek Research Station area gives you a good chance to stretch your legs and a few places for a hot dog to take a dip and escape the summer heat. Make sure you check out...

Campus Way Covered Bridge
Campus Way Covered Bridge

Depending on how fast you hike and how interactive the sheep and llamas are at any given point, this hike can take all afternoon. You'll often see families petting sheep through the fences, while the...

Homer Campbell Memorial Boardwalk - Finley Wildlife Refuge
Homer Campbell Memorial Boardwalk - Finley Wildlife Refuge

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...

Mill Hill Loop - Finley Wildlife Refuge
Mill Hill Loop - Finley Wildlife Refuge

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,...

Woodpecker Loop Trail - Finley Wildlife Refuge
Woodpecker Loop Trail - Finley Wildlife Refuge

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...

Finley Wildlife Refuge
Finley Wildlife Refuge

William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge provides a wide array of recreational opportunities. With over 12 miles of hiking trails, observation blinds and platforms the refuge is a great place for...

Peavy Arboretum
Peavy Arboretum

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...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Marys River Watershed
Marys River Watershed

The Marys River watershed starts on the upper slopes of Marys Peak, in western Benton county. The forest here is mainly Douglass fir and Noble fir, with understories of maple and rhododendron. In the...

Oak Creek to McCulloch Peak Loop via Uproute Trail
Oak Creek to McCulloch Peak Loop via Uproute Trail

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....

Lewisberg Saddle Upper Horse Trail Loop - MacDunn Forest
Lewisberg Saddle Upper Horse Trail Loop - MacDunn Forest

This is a short loop from the Lewisberg Saddle that is mostly on forest service roads but also give you a taste of some single track and a great switchbacking ascent on a well maintained trail. There...

Homer Campbell Memorial Walk - William Finley Wildlife Refuge
Homer Campbell Memorial Walk - William Finley Wildlife Refuge

This half mile round trip out and back boardwalk is 1,700 feet of beautiful new wood through the wetland of Muddy Creek. Constructedin 2006 this boardwalk commemorates the famous environmentalist...

Mill Hill Loop Trail - William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge
Mill Hill Loop Trail - William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge

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...

Tie Trail Loop - Mary's Peak East Ridge
Tie Trail Loop - Mary's Peak East Ridge

This is a nice loop hike to the summit of Mary's Peak which provides some interesting views besides just taking the east ridge trail out and back from the summit. The Tie Trail isn't very difficult...

Midge Kramer Path (Witham Oaks Section)
Midge Kramer Path (Witham Oaks Section)

The Midge Kramer Path leads from the top of Witham Hill to Harrison Rd, through former apple and pear orchards and blackberry thickets. It's a quick mile loop, excellent for runners and those hoping...

Woodpecker Loop Trail - William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge
Woodpecker Loop Trail - William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge

Before you head out on this wonderful trail through oak woodland and open meadows make sure you grab the brochure at the trailhead kiosk. This trail has multiple interpretive signs about the birds...

Beaver and Cattail Ponds Trail - William L. Finley Refuge
Beaver and Cattail Ponds Trail - William L. Finley Refuge

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...

Witham Hill Natural Area Uphill Loop
Witham Hill Natural Area Uphill Loop

The trails of Witham Hill Natural Area may be short, but they're a nice chance to get out in the woods. Within walking distance of several neighborhoods and next to a large apartment complex, you...

Corvallis Riverfront Trail
Corvallis Riverfront Trail

This short stroll along the Corvallis Waterfront is a perfect place to enjoy the long summer evenings after a meal downtown. There are plenty of signs to tell the story of Corvallis, and tons of local...

MacDunn Forest Quad Burner - For Oregon State University Mountain Bikers
MacDunn Forest Quad Burner - For Oregon State University Mountain Bikers

I've detailed what I believe to be the hardest afternoon ride possible within the MacDunn Forest next to Oregon State University. With over 20,000 students at OSU now its a good bet that there are...

Old Growth Trail
Old Growth Trail

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...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Vineyard Mountain Loop - MacDunn Forest
Vineyard Mountain Loop - MacDunn Forest

This is a nice forest service road bike ride with about 900 feet of elevation gain. You will have great views over clear cuts down to the valley and to the surrounding MacDunn Peaks as well as a...

Cabell Marsh Trail - William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge
Cabell Marsh Trail - William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge

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...

MacDunn Forest Rides
MacDunn Forest Rides

A collection of great mountain biking loops in the MacDonald-Dunn Research Forest outside of Corvallis, OR. There are many trails in this area and I've tried to put together some manageable loops for...

Woodland Meadow Park
Woodland Meadow Park

This is likely the most popular dog-park in north Corvallis. It's a magnet for the after-work dogwalk crowd and can be extremely busy.

Take the time to stroll around the large open field area, there...

New Growth Trail Loop
New Growth Trail Loop

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...

Bald Hill Farms Trail
Bald Hill Farms Trail

A quick hike along the river leads you past oak savannahs and pasture lands to a back route up Bald Hill.

Bald Hill Farms has allowed the city of Corvallis to construct a nature path along the edge...

Drift Creek Falls Trail
Drift Creek Falls Trail

Flanked by ferns, alder trees and vine maple, Drift Creek Trail winds through the rain-drenched Siuslaw National Forest.

The highlight of the trail is a 240-foot long cable suspension bridge....

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge Mega Loop
William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge Mega Loop

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...

French Pete Creek Trail
French Pete Creek Trail

The French Pete Creek trail is in an old-growth forest valley in the Three Sisters Wilderness. French Pete Creek flows beside the trail. The forest is made of gargantuan Douglas firs and 1000-year-old...

McKenzie River Trail: Hike to Tamolitch/Blue Pool
McKenzie River Trail: Hike to Tamolitch/Blue Pool

The McKenzie River trail is twenty six miles long and runs from Clear Lake to McKenzie Bridge. It's world famous for Mountain Bikers, and very nice for hikers as well.

This short portion of the...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Snag Boat Bend Loop
Snag Boat Bend Loop

This 341 acre refuge is managed by the Finley National Wildlife Refuge. This path will take you first over a boardwalk then along a mowed grass path around a big bend of the Willamette River. You'll...