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

Nice trail. I end up on this when I go to McDonald a lot. a good walk in the woods.

hiking
9 days ago

Very easy hike and lovely. The little lake is fun for the dogs and is quite pretty. By taking some of the side trails one can add some difficulty and or distance.

Very nice and easy walk.

Nice views once you're at the top!

great trail for a sunny day. if you take the extendo trail to the 600 road you add a couple more miles to the loop and stay off the fire roads for a portion of the hike. the peak is also accessible from the soap creek parking lot.

Beautiful area.

Did this hike a couple of weeks ago. It is a nice afternoon activity. It was moderately busy. Dogs are allowed off leash. My fur baby loves the water!

hiking
25 days ago

Nice for a quiet midday hike.

walking
1 month ago

Long gradual descent on gravel road before trail takes off into trees. It’s worth the trek, however, to see the biggest living trees I have ever seen! Wildflowers such as trillium, bleeding heart and yellow violets are in bloom now. Pretty much had the trail to ourselves at 5:30 pm Tuesday. Uphill on the way back.

nice easy hike with beautiful forest views. dog friendly too!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail. beautiful scenery. my 7 year old loved this section of trai.

Great trail to make a nice workout. but I am also way outta shape

Easy and nice; not too muddy.

Challenging at times, listened to owl talk to me and enjoyed the snowy view. I took a wrong turn and feel signage could be better. I will go again later Spring as too much snow closer to top. Lots of creek access for my lab so she was happy. 4 star because lack of signs.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views and a fun, challenging hike. Took me about 2:40 minutes to finish, I would have been quicker if it wasn’t for the 6” of snow on most of it! Crazy end of March weather.

Well maintained trail, some dog poop, very little trash. Beautiful forest.

I really enjoyed this hike but it’s not the most scenic.

Perfect length hike for walking my dog highly recommend!!! A little muddy this time of year though

hiking
3 months ago

great trail, well maintained. I'm glad I didn't bring my 2 young children as it would have been too hard for them. Definently not stroller/toddler friendly.

nice afternoon stroll. Not too challenging since Im old and outta shape and my 7 year old does this with me

nice afternoon stroll. I usually add the 36 loop trail in also to make it a longer hike

4 months ago

the lake is Beautiful early morning. I usually combine other trails in with this to make it more of a workout.

4 months ago

I went back in early December of a sunny day. Bit unclear at times when I came to a couple forks in the road. I looped around the southwest side and the view of Mary's Peak getting swallowed by a storm cloud was awesome! Overall, challenging and enjoyable day.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful vistas on an easy loop trail. This old fat man had no problem doing it.

Steep and pretty.

Easy hike. It’s pretty short but you can do multiple loops if you want something longer.

hiking
7 months ago

nice hike ! my daughter and I really enjoyed it

hiking
8 months ago

my 7 year old daughter and I enjoyed this hike.

nice afternoon hike when added to calloway intensive loop also

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