The Old Growth Trail

MODERATE 51 reviews
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The Old Growth Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Corvallis, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
249 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

wildlife

muddy

A wonderful short hike through the old growth of MacDonald Forest You'll start a steep descent, but not long to "floor" then similar hike back up to the road. You'll see towering old growth trees and lush under growth. Once back on the road, go right on the gravel road and take time to look at the old quarry on your way back to your car. This hike will be muddy in the winter.

1 day ago

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

hiking
22 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

4 months ago

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

7 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

Both old growth trails are great (West or East sides of the road). Very beautiful forest and the trails are even decent when it's raining.

11 months ago

Quick fun hike.

walking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

Lovely day, simple walk.

hiking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Lots of fun! We managed to find the trail markers pretty easily having been given the heads up from prior reviews. The trails were in great shape and we saw a fair number of other hikers and bicyclists out using the trail. Awesome short hike!

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

The maps suck. Beware of taking an accidental 3 mile hike when you meant to take 1.5 miles. The trails are poorly marked. However the scenery was pleasant, and the trails where easy to hike. Fun, but a bit hard to navigate.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Lovely hike

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fun short hike. Beautiful in the rain.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

nice trails and lots to explore

Saturday, October 03, 2015

The trail head was difficult to find. There are two fire roads with signage on each road saying not to enter the area. Not sure if the trail is still there?

hiking
Saturday, May 23, 2015

The scenery was great but the actual trails not gravel road were poorly marked. Would go back for a trail ride with the horses

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I second the elf comment. To add to the comment, the new growth trail is a teaching one for Oregon State U. it showes how different types of tree planting densities matter. The different densities are marked. this is a good teaching trail for school kids. Do I hear projects coming?

hiking
Monday, October 14, 2013

Nice hike. Individually the Old Growth Trail and New Growth Trail are each a bit short. Old Growth Trail is more majestic. Many people will find New Growth Trail interesting because Oregon State University replanted zones on the trail with different tree densities and you can see variations in how the forest growth responded.

From the trailhead on Sulpher Springs Road, I would: 1) Walk the path
That direction provides a longer hike that gets better as you go along. It is a nice hike. The paths are very well kept. Slopes may be an issue to anyone with knee issues.

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