Section 36 Loop Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
#3 of 7 trails in

Section 36 Loop Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Corvallis, OR that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.0 miles 1056 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly



trail running



wild flowers


Moderate hike through the woods type hike through six of pine, fir and maple trees, as well as Crone Miller lake. Peavy Arboretum is an arboretum operated by Oregon State University and located on Arboretum Road, Corvallis, Oregon. 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. Pass by an old dynamite cap house, as well as Crone Miller Lake where the Oregon State logging club holds competitions.

1 month ago

1/2 the trail is closed due to logging.

6 months ago

Finding the signs is tricky so be on the lookout! Beautiful area with tons of natural sounds and sights. Some steady inclines and declines to be expected. Bring a snack and enjoy it!

11 months ago

The trail is amazing! Watch out because it is not well marked. One time I ended up walking 10 miles, another 5. The map is a little tricky.
Give yourself plenty of time in case you get lost.

1 year ago

2 years ago

I grew up running this trail with friends since i lived less than a mile away. I was on it a couple of years ago and agree its a bit run down and needs maintenance

3 years ago

Someone gave this the double black diamond rating and I'm moving that back at least one rating. Yes, it's 600 ft of elevation gain in a couple of miles. But a kid RAN past me while I huffed and puffed at one of the bench spots. So, maybe not the best spot for an afternoon stroll with your Nana (though your Nana could be in way better shape than I am!) but also not the workout of your life.

The variety of trees is kind of 'ehh' to me. A lot of the signs marking different sections have been broken down or vandalized. The scenery is pleasant woods and it's close to a metro area if convenience is your thing. It is interesting to see the grounds where they do the logging games though.

4 years ago

This is a beautiful hike in either direction. Although, clockwise offers the challenge of an uphill climb. All along there are plenty of other trails that peel off so you don't have to feel committed--even though it's worth it!

5 years ago

What a nice hike. The path is well maintained, beautiful scenery, and all in all a nice hike. I went about 10:30 Tuesday the first day of summer 2011.