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Davies Nettleton Loop is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Corvallis, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.6 mi Elevation gain 767 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

This is a fire road hike through tall pines offering great views, an old quarry, and hills. At the trailhead, you have the option of two ways to take this loop hike. The gravel road on the left is Davies Road (580) and the one on the right is Nettleton Road (500). Going left takes you down hill first, then on a long sustained up hill climb until you head down at the junction of 510 (stay right on 500). Going right first will give you a sustained up hill hike, then a very long downhill effort, then a climb up to the finish. The roads are open to the public as long as you stay on them or official marked trails. You will see tall pines and deer. You will also see some evidence of logging as this is a training forest for Oregon State University. Stop at the old quarry and look at the high cliff and "swimming" pool. There are several branch hikes like the top of Vineyard Mt (510 road) and the "Old Growth" single track trail off of Davies Rd.

OSU Department of Forestry

From I-5 take Corvallis Exit HWY 34 West, and as you cross the bridge into Corvallis, take a left and head north on Hwy 99W and take a left on Lewisburg Ave, then a gradual right onto Sulphur Springs Road. At the top of the road or "saddle" you will find a small parking lot by the large orange gate. This is the trail head (and you'll find a port-a-potty there) on the north side of the road. The gravel road on the left is Davies Road (580) and the one on the right is Nettleton Road (500). This is McDonald Forrest which is managed by Oregon State University.

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Jocelyn Darshana
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Nice views, heavily trafficked. It's mainly forest road, but it's really pretty and well worth the effort.

Crysta Awtry
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Hiking

Great maintained trail for horses. You will need shoes as it is heavily graveled . A fat amount of terrain that is up and an down hill. Your horse should be in decent shape to make this trek. Takes about 3 hours.

Erika Fitzpatrick
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Hiking

Lots of road but well kept. It’s nice to take some of the side trails for more traditional trail hiking.

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Alex B
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Hiking

Nice loop hike thru varied forest, mostly shaded, some nice views over the valley. The main route is all on wide well groomed gravel roads that are closed to public vehicle traffic, but if the ground is dry, more than half of it can be done on narrow pretty side trails that parallel the main loop (it'll add roughly at least one more mile distance). Pick up a map at the parking area. We started on the New Growth trail, it becomes the Old Growth trail, and then rejoins the main loop route on Davies Rd. At the far end of the loop, start back on Nettleton Rd but after roughly 3/4 mile turn onto Dave's trail; this eventually becomes Vineyard Mtn trail which goes all the way back down to the parking area. Going in this direction (i.e. going up on the northern side of the loop and coming down on the southern side) makes for a gentler climb too.

Allie Martin
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Hiking

Definitely would do this again. The 3 dogs loved being off leash for our Sunday hike. Nice easy incline and lots of great views.

Tammie Neve
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One of my favorites. Good, gentle climb and views! Accessible during bad weather... although may get a little slippery in some areas.

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

Mossy O.
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Hiking

nice hike ! enjoyed very much

Todd Richardson
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Mountain biking

Easy and enjoyable.

Shawna Jepson
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Road near turn about (Davies onto Nettleton) had a sign that the current path was not to be entered (didn't state at the beginning of the trail), that made us wonder if we had turned off path. We continued and went down Nettleton back to parking lot. Easy to moderate trail.

Reese Hamilton
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Hiking

Really fun

Charlotte I.
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Hiking

Having not hiked for a while (slow getting back to it after a broken ankle a couple of years ago), this was a nice walk in. Good for all ages, and I encountered a toddler and an octogenarian along the way. Also, where many local trails can be sloppy this time of year, the toad was in good shape. The downside...while I had a nice walk, this trail is closed! Just ahead of where the trail makes a turn for the return trip, it leaves the road and is posted as a closed trail. I did not see an end date.

Linda Connelly
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lovely- steady climb on rd 500 out to rd 580 & return. first bit is high...second bit is low. nice water along return loop in the spring.also plenty of alternate hikes along this half of the route as well. very pleasant to "get away" so near corvallis...

Ken Watson
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Hiking

Great trail for a leisure walk. Not a difficult terrain, nor are there many climbs. A couple of views, but mostly forested areas. Definitely take the Old Growth trail, which starts and ends and runs fairly parallel to the main trail.

Katy Modica
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Running

One of my favorite trail running loops in Corvallis. A wide logging road among the tall pines, with plenty of single track side trails to jump onto. Some significant uphill climbs, but overall it's pretty even with rolling uphill, downhill.

tori batsula
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Robert Ac
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A H.
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DeLana Brown
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Ahoy Malloy
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Ahoy Malloy
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Yvonne Carter
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Baffrodil Miskwa
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Zeke Palomo
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Doug M.
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Lee Ann McAvoy
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Lori Kalodimos
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Matt Richards
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