The Old Growth Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Corvallis, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife 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 but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A wonderful short hike through the old growth of MacDonald Forest You'll start a steep descent, but not long to "floor" then similar hike back up to the road. You'll see towering old growth trees and lush under growth. Once back on the road, go right on the gravel road and take time to look at the old quarry on your way back to your car. This hike will be muddy in the winter.
The maps suck. Beware of taking an accidental 3 mile hike when you meant to take 1.5 miles. The trails are poorly marked. However the scenery was pleasant, and the trails where easy to hike. Fun, but a bit hard to navigate.
Fun short hike. Beautiful in the rain.
nice trails and lots to explore
The trail head was difficult to find. There are two fire roads with signage on each road saying not to enter the area. Not sure if the trail is still there?
The scenery was great but the actual trails not gravel road were poorly marked. Would go back for a trail ride with the horses
I second the elf comment. To add to the comment, the new growth trail is a teaching one for Oregon State U. it showes how different types of tree planting densities matter. The different densities are marked. this is a good teaching trail for school kids. Do I hear projects coming?
Nice hike. Individually the Old Growth Trail and New Growth Trail are each a bit short. Old Growth Trail is more majestic. Many people will find New Growth Trail interesting because Oregon State University replanted zones on the trail with different tree densities and you can see variations in how the forest growth responded.
From the trailhead on Sulpher Springs Road, I would: 1) Walk the path
That direction provides a longer hike that gets better as you go along. It is a nice hike. The paths are very well kept. Slopes may be an issue to anyone with knee issues.