Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in McDonald-Dunn Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was a perfect short hike. Trail was well maintained and easy to maneuver

The way up starting from the trail was beautiful and a nice work out. the views are absolutely beautiful.

Great trail, like all of these have been here. We took the wrong road, double backed on the vineyard trail, which was pretty. The gravel walk was walking on a service road, but the gravel pit with water was neat to go and see. Saw baby fish even, stocked fish? The actual old growth forest is lovely green with Giants! narrow trail through it, then leading into the new growth is a workout. The last quarter walking out of the new growth back to the car was all uphill and a challenge for me. Doable, but frequently stopping to catch my breath. I am not in great shape, and smoked for 20 years. Great to inch into some moderate trails, and push yourself into elevation hikes.

hiking
2 months ago

Mostly beautiful Shady Forest.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike. We intended to do this loop but the poor signage go us off track. We ended up doing 7.5 miles around the varying little trails. However it was not a bad detour as we explored around. Trails are well maintained and easy to walk on.

Beautiful day for a hike! I was a little disappointed because this hike is all gravel roads. I was hoping it would eventually lead me to some nice soft trails. It’s uphill the whole way in and that means it’s downhill all the way out! Great cardio workout!

Well maintained. Often busy. Easy to access. Lots of options for adding or shortening distance of the hike. Also good for just starting out mountain biking.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, although I would have categorized it as hard, not moderate. If you’ve hiked Cascade Head, that is marked as hard. This trail was just as hard if not more so. Mostly due to the incline. That aside, it was an amazing hike that pushed my limits and rewards you with a great view at the top. Would do it again anytime.

Always a great hike for myself and the dogs.

mountain biking
3 months ago

love this place

This trial was GORGEOUS, and exactly as described. I am not a super seasoned hiker but this was easy to find and follow. Everything on this trail was green

Great hike! Light traffic, beautiful wooded trail. Great workout. Would definitely do it again

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty, short, and easy. The northern half of the loop starts in what's actually the "New Growth trail", about halfway to the turn around point is where you get to the real "Old Growth trail" with beautiful giant trees. The southern half for your return trip is a gravel road, so you might instead want to just go back exactly the way you came.

One of my Corvallis favorites so far. The single track is hard going up - but so unique - the bridges are super fun! keep an ear out for down hill bikers - they are coming fast :)

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of elevation gain on this hike, but a beautiful view at the top!

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bugs
4 months ago

really good time out here! if you don't like walking uphill continuously this ain't the one. beautiful scenery and some good views at the top. I'll be back.

hiking
4 months ago

Great short hike on the way to the Portland airport to end our Oregon vacation! Beautiful walk through managed new growth and old growth forest stands.

Definitely a new favorite. Birds and butterflies and some late spring flowers. There is lots of shade available to keep the body cool.

I loved it. Hreat for hot days because it is shaded most of the way

Not accessible once out of McDonald forest.

This is a very easy and beautiful hike. Lots of wildflowers! It's also very dog friendly. I sometimes connect it to the section 36 loop for a longer and more moderate level hike.

Nice wide trail. We took the incline up which took us a little while but you are rewarded with a view of Corvallis and a cool old abandoned cabin frame from the 1930s.

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty steep at times. I always make sure to add the short hike to Dimple hill. The view is well worth it. and always a great place to sit and have lunch or a snack.

Variety of adjacent trails near this one. I saw bikers and joggers. the only downside is limited parking.

hiking
6 months ago

Short little hike

beautiful! not too hard

Great dog-friendly hike. Mostly shaded so does get a bit chilly on warmer days. The path is very clean and carved out. You do not start right away on the Calloway loop, but instead the Intensive Trail path leads you to the start. There is a short cut that does cut half the loop off. I would recommend picking up a map at the start to help navigate.

Great trail to do in late March, April and May. Moderate and easy for the kids. Lake at the end of the trail is cool to see, but nothing spectacular. Good for a quick 1 or 2 hour weekend hike.

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