McCulloch Peak

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McCulloch Peak 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
1,676 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

Fire road hike through old and new growth to highest point in McDonald 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.

hiking
18 days ago

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.

23 days ago

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

1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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
4 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.

6 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
9 months ago

my 7 year old daughter and I enjoyed this hike.

Monday, June 26, 2017

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

trail running
Monday, July 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.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

nice quite walk

hiking
Sunday, July 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
Monday, 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!

hiking
Monday, September 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.

hiking
Sunday, June 21, 2015

Great!

hiking
Thursday, April 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.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

steep grade keeps away the crowds - lovely hike!

Monday, March 24, 2014

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

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