Davies Nettleton Loop is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Corvallis, Oregon and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Fire road hike through tall pines, some great views, an old quary, and hills. At the trailhead, you have the option of two ways to take this loop hike. Either way is okay, and will meet the other and then loop back. The gravel road on the left is Davies Road (580) and the one on the right is Nettleton Road (500). Going left takes you down hill first, then on a long sustatined up hill climb until you head down at the junction of 510 (stay right on 500). Going right first will give you a sustained up hill hike, then a very long downhill effort, then a climb up to finish. The roads are open to the public as long as you stay on them or official marked trails. You will see tall pines and animals like deer. You will also see some evidence of logging as this is a training forest for Oregon State University. Stop at the old quary and look at the high clift and "swimming" pool. There are several branch hikes like the top of Vineyard Mt (510 road) and the "Old Growth" single track trail off of Davies Rd.
Road near turn about (Davies onto Nettleton) had a sign that the current path was not to be entered (didn't state at the beginning of the trail), that made us wonder if we had turned off path. We continued and went down Nettleton back to parking lot.
Easy to moderate trail.
Having not hiked for a while (slow getting back to it after a broken ankle a couple of years ago), this was a nice walk in. Good for all ages, and I encountered a toddler and an octogenarian along the way. Also, where many local trails can be sloppy this time of year, the toad was in good shape.
The downside...while I had a nice walk, this trail is closed! Just ahead of where the trail makes a turn for the return trip, it leaves the road and is posted as a closed trail. I did not see an end date.
lovely- steady climb on rd 500 out to rd 580 & return. first bit is high...second bit is low. nice water along return loop in the spring.also plenty of alternate hikes along this half of the route as well. very pleasant to "get away" so near corvallis...
Great trail for a leisure walk. Not a difficult terrain, nor are there many climbs. A couple of views, but mostly forested areas. Definitely take the Old Growth trail, which starts and ends and runs fairly parallel to the main trail.
One of my favorite trail running loops in Corvallis. A wide logging road among the tall pines, with plenty of single track side trails to jump onto. Some significant uphill climbs, but overall it's pretty even with rolling uphill, downhill.