Peavy Arboretum 500 Road is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Corvallis, OR that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Moderate hike through the woods on the 500 service road. Peavy Arboretum is an arboretum operated by Oregon State University. The arboretum was dedicated by the university in 1926, operated as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp from 1933-1942, and reverted to College of Forestry management in 1964. While the CCC was active, they planted trees, expanded the nursery, constructed Cronemiller Lake, and built roads, trails, and firebreaks. This hike takes you through the old growth forests, and forestry sections of the Arboretum to the top of the 500 road with a gain of 845 feet. At the parking lot in Peavy Arboretum you will start your up hile climb on the gravel road. At the lake, stay left (look for sign posts that say 500). This road winds through old and new growth forest on a steady climb. Near the top, stay left and take the 530 road to the top (only a short distance). Look for deer, rabbits and other birds and animals along the way. Steep walk up, easy walk down.
great trail, but part of it is on a logging road. it's always nicer not hiking on a logging road.
Enjoyable trail. Peaceful but busier than I like.
This hike is moderate in difficulty. The incline is very steady, just enough to give you a nice glisten when the sun is out. The view from the lookout point is beautiful, worth the vertical climb. This is a great trail running location, with the maze of trail options available.