Explore the most popular hiking 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.

walking
30 days 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!

Great fire road hike. Did one off shoot trail to get a little muddy. Good steady incline!

hiking
1 month 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
2 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.

on Vineyard Mountain Loop

hiking
2 months ago

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
4 months ago

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

Steep and pretty.

An enjoyable New Years Day walk. Stopped for a lunch break near the top.

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

hiking
6 months ago

nice hike ! enjoyed very much

hiking
6 months ago

nice hike ! my daughter and I really enjoyed it

hiking
7 months ago

my 7 year old daughter and I enjoyed this hike.

nice afternoon hike when added to calloway intensive loop also

nice afternoon hike.

nice afternoon stroll

walking
7 months ago

my daughter enjoyed this short walk

We should have read the reviews first since we missed the actual old growth trail and ended up doing a much longer hike. The trail, road width, is covered in rock and was still very pretty and peaceful! It gradually goes up hill but was an easy hike.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Easy and enjoyable.

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