Patterson Road 600 to Road 610 Loop is a 6.3 mile loop trail located near Corvallis, Oregon and is rated as difficult. 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.
Gravel road hike through old and new growth maintained by the local college This is a year round hike through McDonald Forest, that starts at the Oak Creek Lab and heads up hill for about 3 miles to almost the top of Dimple Hill and then down about 2 miles downhill to the Lewisburg Saddle parking lot. Along the way will walk through old grown and new growth forest maintained by the OSU Forestry Students. This a great year round workout that gives you alone time right near the city. This is a well maintained gravel road and if you go off-road, please use only marked trails. This can also be a loop hike.
Nice hike! Mostly shaded, leads to a wonderful views, would recommend for hiking, trail running, or biking
Fantastic easy hike
I stumbled across this trail when looking for the old growth trail. Obviously I was in the totally wrong direction but I was happy with this trail. I wouldn't say it's the most scenic trail I've ever been on, I think there's better trails in the area but it was nice.
This is the road I take when it's raining or when I have friends who aren't very strong hikers. It's well maintained year round and not very challenging. We hike it a lot as the views from Dimple Hill are about as you can hope for just a few miles for downtown Corvallis.
It's about 1.25 to the top of Dimple Hill and slightly less on the way down. There's lots of foot and bike traffic so if you have a dog off leash, be prepared to call it back and control it when bikers show up as some travel VERY fast and expect to have dog-free passage.
You can access a couple of other trails from Patterson Road (Ridge, Upper and Lower Horse) and you intersect with the road from the Oak Creek Station about 1.2 mile from the summit of Dimple Hill.
There's pretty good parking at the crest of Sulfur Springs Road except on nice Saturday and Sundays in the middle of the day when it gets crowded.
This is part of a network of connected, well mantained trails. Many well marked trails are not even on the map. I did and recommend the Homestead trail to the Extendo trail, and loop back down the gated road to the kiosk at the OSU Biology lab. That was 4.2 miles and 750 ft elevation gain, but there are longer and shorter hikes available starting from the kiosk, which also has a street light at the parking area, and a portapotty.