McCulloch Peak Loop [CLOSED]

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McDonald-Dunn Forest

McCulloch Peak Loop is a 7.1 mile loop trail located near Corvallis, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,712 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

bird watching






This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Fire road hike through old and new growth to highest point in McDonald-Dunn Forest. This is a sustained hill hike on gavel fire roads to the highest point in McDonald Forest. You'll get a great view of the valley, of old and new growth forests, and you'll be able to view class projects around logging and clear-cutting done by the department of forestry.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Although it looked packed based on the full parking lot, I only ran into 3 or four other hikers. This is a popular area for bikers as well so just be mindful of sharing the trail. The top is beautiful.

4 months ago

A little muddy on the Innuendo section, but great incline and views.

6 months ago

7 months ago

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

mountain biking
10 months ago

love this place

Fri Mar 22 2019

One of my favorite "training" routes. The view from the top is well worth the climb. I wouldn't recommend if you're not in some sort of hiking condition... it's steep!

Sat Mar 02 2019

Snowy at the peak- very beautiful

Mon Sep 03 2018

Overall, another great hike in the McDonald Forest. Only downside is that the majority of the hike is on forest/fire roads. I recommend taking Roads 600/680/700/790 to the top as there are signs at most intersections to point you to the top. However, grabbing a free map at the trailhead is a good idea since there are many trails in this area. Alternatively, you can take Road 770 from the Homestead Trail, but you need a permit to take the Southridget Trail which is in the Starker Forest. This hike has a steady incline no matter which way you take up providing a great workout. Nice bench at the summit to sit on and enjoy the view out over the Willamette Valley.

Sun Jul 29 2018

Did this trail this morning, started at Homestead and took trail 770 upto the small side trail to the peak. Once you start on trail 770 is is a steep incline. Side trail is even steeper but brief. Great views and more for a workout then views on the way. Other trails are more scenic to top but enjoyable and I recommend. Grab a map in the beginning, trails can be confusing.

Tue Jul 24 2018

Most of the hike (that we ended up on at least) was on a big wide gravel trail. It’s doable but definitely took some breaks to catch our breath with the elevation rise. Beautiful view and even more beautiful coming down looking out west! Would do again

Sun Jun 24 2018

This is one of my more favorite hikes in Corvallis. It is a little bit longer than others but the feeling of remoteness when you get near the top is awesome. The final hike to the top on a steep single track is very memorable. And like most of the Corvallis hikes, you can do this during winter and fall as it always seem like there's less rain than in the Willamette valley.

Fri Jun 08 2018

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.

Mon Mar 26 2018

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.

Sat Mar 24 2018

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.

Wed Jan 24 2018

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.

Sun Oct 22 2017

my 7 year old daughter and I enjoyed this hike.

Mon Jun 26 2017

It's an uphill maze. With a decent view.

Mon Jul 11 2016

Nice climb with good views. A few spots that could have better markings. Planned to run the loop but had to walk due to steepness at top. Give it a go and see if u can make it.

Sun Jul 03 2016

nice quite walk

Sun Jul 03 2016

Very good views once you get to the peak. Also if when you come down the hill from the peak, at the 4 way junction you go straight and up the road in front of you, you'll get another great view.

mountain biking
Mon May 30 2016

Long ascent on a mountain bike (great workout!) followed by a sweet downhill back to the car park. Well marked path and spectacular views from the top. Just follow the signs for McCulloch peak all the way to the top, then take your pick of any downhill trail back towards Oak Ridge--they all end up at pretty much the same spot. Would definitely go again and explore some more of the single track offshoots!

Mon Sep 07 2015

We went up the Sulphur Springs side this time and made the large loop on the 700 Road.....nice workout, great to be in the woods, and not too many people.

Sun Jun 21 2015


Thu Apr 17 2014

I've done this hike a couple of times now and I usually enjoy it. There are a couple different ways to do the first half. You can either take the logging road from the parking lot straight out about a mile and half to a fork in the road where there are signs for the peak, or you can take the Uproute Extendo for added challenge. It gets pretty steep the last couple miles to the peak, but there are a few gaps in the trees on the way up with great views of the valley. At the top the view is ok, but you can't see quite as much due to more trees in the way. With the dog I've done it in right about 3 hours taking my time a bit. An enjoyable hike and pretty good for training.

Tue Mar 25 2014

steep grade keeps away the crowds - lovely hike!

Mon Mar 24 2014

Steep...nice way to go to the top! Grade reduces the crowd...bravo!

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