Oak Creek Quarry Loop Trail

HARD 2 reviews

Oak Creek Quarry Loop Trail is a 9.6 mile loop trail located near Corvallis, OR that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

9.6 miles 2328 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

8 mile loop through old & new qrowth w/ 2000 feet of climb You can do this hike in either direction, but I like to go this way. At the information kiosk, go left (south) on a single track trail called Homestead, will will join with a fire road where you'll go right, then right again. A the junction of 6021, go left and start a long sustained climb to the top of 6021. At the top, this road becomes 770 which works its way across and down to the junction with 700 & 680. Stay right and take the 680 which heads down to the junction of 600 (or Patterson), take a right and follow the road back down to the parking lot.

hiking
11 months ago

I hiked this loop (just short of 12 miles) to combine Dimple Hill and McCulloch Peak (2155ft) into a long sustained workout... and to explore a little the McDonald forest. The forest is crisscrossed by a large number of interconnecting gravel/dirt road and trails. The complete section-by-section for the loop I followed is as follows:
Through the gate => right on Hocus Pocus Trail (.6 miles) => left on Fire road (left .2) => right on Face Trail (.6) => straight on Into The Wardrobe Trail (.2) => straight on RD 650 (.1) => Left on RD 600 - Patterson RD (1.4) => Right on RD 680 (.6) => Left on UPROUTE Trail (.1) => Right on INNUENDO Trail (.3) => Left on RD 680 (200 feet) => Left on RD 700 (.8) => Left on RD 760 (.4) => Short right spur to summit of McCULLOCH PEAK (.1) 2155ft.
Continue on SKILLING RD (.7) => Straight on VIEW RIDGE RD (1.7) => Left on Steep UTR Trail (.2) => Right on ?? RD (1.3) => Right on SKILLINGS RD (.3) => Left on ASLAN Trail (.4) => Left on RD 6021 (.8) => Right on HOMESTEAD Trail (.5)

This is not the most beautiful trail I have hiked in the area (I prefer trails to forest roads) but ease of access and lots of choices for a route still may motivate me to return. My favorites sections were the climb up Dimple Hill, The Innuendo Trail cut-off, the View Ridge road (I saw no one there and the road opens up to a few nice views) and the steep UTR Trail.

hiking
3 years ago

If you start this trail going right of the Kiosk (north) the end of the trail is through the woods (not on an established trail). Watch for a cairn on the right then head through the woods south to 6021 following the flags in the trees (this differs from the track shown here).