McDonald Forest Trails

McDonald Forest Visitor Guide and Map

Peavy Arboretum Exploration Tour

Woodland Trail is an easy 0.4 mile hiking loop that begins and ends just inside the Peavy Arboretum entrance. Discover the ecology of the forest community through interpretive signs. Hiking time is 1/2 hour. Open to hikers only.

Forest Discovery Trail includes a tree that was once used to cure malaria, a riparian zone, and trees used to build temples in China. The 1.4 mile loop hiking trail begins and ends in Peavy Arboretum. Brochures can be printed online here. and at the 500 road kiosk. Hiking time is 1 hour. Open to hikers only. 

Section 36 Loop Trail begins and ends at the Forestry Club Cabin, and climbs 580 feet. This 3.3 mile trail takes hikers through old forest and research plots, peaceful Cronemiller lake, and beautiful views of the surrounding area. Hiking time is 2.5 hours. Open to hikers only. 

Powder House Trail is a 1 mile extension of the Section 36 Loop Trail, and takes hikers up to a fantastic viewpoint of the Soap Creek Valley.  Highlights include views of Soap Creek Valley and a stroll along Cronemiller Lake. Most of the 2.5 mile hiking trail is downhill, ending at the Forestry Club Cabin at 550'. Open to hikers only.

Intensive Management Trail is an easy 1.1 mile loop. Signs along this interpretive trail explain how intensive management practices contribute to the harvest value of trees. View and print a self-guided tour brochure here.  Open to hikers year-round and to bikes from 4/15-10/31 only.

Calloway Creek Trail is a 2.3 mile loop that highlights the natural and cultural history of the area. It connects with the Intensive Management Trail and has a spur to Cronemiller Lake.  Open to hikers year-round and to bikes from 4/15-10/31 only.

Old-growth Trail. Experience the quiet beauty of a Douglas-fir old-growth forest. The trailhead of this 0.5 mile foot trail is 0.4 mile east of the Lewisburg Saddle off the 580 Road. Round trip hiking time is 1 hour from the Saddle.  Open to hikers only.

Alpha Trail is a steep 0.5 mile trail connecting the 620 (upper) and 810 (lower) roads. Open to hikers, bikes and horses.

Extendo is considered a technically difficult downhill trail by mountain bikers. This 1.4 mile trail is a downhill run from the 680 road or an uphill route from the 6020 road. Open to hikers year-round and to bikes and horses from 4/15-10/31 only.

Uproute Trail is a 0.3 mile multiple-use year-round trail connecting the 680 road to the end of the 6020 road. This trail connects with Extendo near the 680 road. Open to hikers, bikes and horses.

Homestead Trail begins at the Oak Creek Access parking lot. This easy 0.4 mile trail joins the 6021 and 600 roads in making a 1.9 mile loop back to the parking lot. Open to hikers, bikes and horses.

Lower Horse Trail travels 0.5 miles through a meadow featuring panoramic views, and connects the 610 and 612.4 roads. Open to hikers, bikes and horses.

Upper Horse Trail is a 0.9 mile multiple-use year-round trail and connecting the 610 and the 600 roads. Open to hikers, bikes and horses.

Dan's Trail climbs 3.1 miles from 700' at the forest boundary with Chip Ross Park to 1478' at Dimple Hill. Lower Dan's crosses through an historic orchard. Upper Dan's climbs to the top of Dimple Hill for impressive views of Corvallis, the Coast Range, and the Cascade Range. Open to hikers, bikes and horses.

Sulphur Springs Trails are located off Sulphur Springs Road in the Soap Creek Valley. A short foot trail takes you across the meadow to Soap Creek and the historic "Sulphur" Spring. An interpretive sign at the trailhead explains the history of the area. Open to hikers only.