Lasky Creek Summit is a 5.4 mile out and back trail located near Philomath, OR and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Fire road hike through old and new growth timber top out at 1,432 feet. From the parking lot of the Starker Forest Tour, head west on Lasky Creek Road, which drop down about 200 feet in elevation int he first 1.25 miles (stay left at this main junction crossing the creek) and then you'll start an 800 foot 1.5 mile uphill climb (1.75 miles into the hike, stay left at junction) to the summit. As your reach the top of Lasky Creek Road, go left at the juction up the log road and top out at the sumit of this unnamed hill, elevation 1432. Take a rest and then start your hike back to the parking lot.
I loved the hike. For a gorgeous sunny spring day in April I expected to see lots of hikers, but we didn't see one person, which made it pleasantly quiet and private. Please note: Don't expect to find markers to know you are keeping on the right path. You come across multiple crossroads, most of which are unmarked.
Nice hike through the forest with plenty of elevation change to burn some calories.