Explore the most popular horseback riding trails near Philomath with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Cool trail! A little overgrown in places so wear some pants. Kids had fun!

2 months ago

wonderful! my new favorite. beautiful views, good incline, and a nice way to spend an hour or so.

Great trail for families!

on South Ridge Trail

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7 months ago

Great short hike to get your heart beat going! Slippery in some places during the wetter months so make sure to wear shoes with good traction. Partly cloudy the day we went but still good views of Mary’s Peak. Parking was super easy and plentiful. Easily marked, unlike some Oregon trails!

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10 months ago

I really like the Beazell Forest... this time of the year, everything is just dripping with green moss! I started out on the steep trail going up to the meadow, then turn RT and following the trail back through the woods to Plunkett Creek, and then back to the barn.

On a logging road, so it doesn't seem like much of an adventure. The only time you can see the creek is at the very beginning, and you can't really get near it. It was fun for berry picking. When you get to the top there isn't any view worth seeing because of the trees.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nice hike, it gets pretty tight and overgrown on the accent to the summit and the view point. We parked by the barn, but followed the map to the next driveway down and started there, but it was unnecessary, and behind the barn has the info centers and the trail head. It was a nice loop, took us about 1 hour 30 minutes to complete.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sweet little State Park. For the South Ridge Trail, follow signs to the South Loop and South Meadow. Go left at the top instead of following signs to the South Ridge. It was noisy after about 7:30 with nearby farm equipment. Go before 7 for a more peaceful hike. The first mile is uphill. After that, it's easy. You'll hike through the woods and around a meadow. At the top, there are peekaboo territorial views.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nice little hike if you're in the area! I drove from Salem and thought it was a little far for a short 2 miles. But it feels very secluded - didn't come across one other person on the trail which is rare!

Great trail. Beautiful.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This is a great little out and back. We went while it was a little snowy and it was amazing!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Easy hike with kids, lots to see and explore.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

This is a very nice hike to do with dogs! Easy & moderate levels of difficulty.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Peaceful and interesting short trail.

In need of a bit of mileage, I combined the Plunkett Creek loop trail, the short climb to the top, the South Ridge Trail and the South Loop to bring it to about 5 miles (see uploaded track).

As other reviewers mentioned, it is worth reading, before you take off on the trail, the story of the couple who made this park possible.

The Plunkett Creek trail gives a good idea of why Albert "Fred" Beazell chose this area to retire, enjoy bird-watching and plant quite a few trees. This portion of the trail is very well maintained, bird songs follow you as you follow the creek and the forest is beautiful and airy. The south branch of the loop crosses over the creek a couple time on sturdy wood bridges; if provides access to the creek itself in many places. The North side of the loop is higher up on the slope and is wider as it is an old dirt road.

At the Eastern end of the loop, a trail peels off to the South and then climbs in a South-West direction, via a series of switchbacks to the 1295 ft top of the hill over Plunkett creek. This section of the trail was a bit overgrown when I went up (late May) until it reaches the ridgeline. It was, however, peppered with wildflowers almost all the way to the top.

The summit loop (about 1 mile total) basically circles a very serene south-facing, gently sloped, grassy meadow. At the summit, a very short spur provides access to the top of the meadow, offering the only open views of the whole hike. Views are to the South-South-West and feature Mary's Peak on the right. This can be a good spot for a quick break and a snack (no bench though :-) )

The descent back to the parking area is via the South Ridge trail... which is really a dirt road. The grade is rather pronounced (which means climbing UP this way is likely a nice 1-mile workout).

At the base of South-Ridge, another short loop could be used by folks with less time or less energy than it requires to get to the top. If you come from the parking lot, the loop starts just after a short right-hand spur (wooden steps) that provides access to an open water tank.

Back to the parking lot area, I took some time to read the various educational displays and take a closer look at the Plunkett barn and the old house.

Bottom line: a very pretty and "intimate" park (used for weddings... and that's easy to understand considering the good vibes and beautiful scenery of the park) that offers several interesting options for a short and yet very rewarding "walk in the woods"

Sunday, April 17, 2016

I loved the hike. For a gorgeous sunny spring day in April I expected to see lots of hikers, but we didn't see one person, which made it pleasantly quiet and private. Please note: Don't expect to find markers to know you are keeping on the right path. You come across multiple crossroads, most of which are unmarked.

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Beautiful story at the beginning of this fun short hike makes you really feel the nostalgia in the forest. A sincere thank you for opening this up to all that enjoy being among the trees.

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Remote, but beautiful drive to get there. Not crowded. Nice hike.

on Bird Loop Trail

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Still in construction phase...will be nice when they are finished.

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Saturday, January 02, 2016

Great! With my 10 & 12 year old!

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Nice easy hikes for quick weekday adventures at Beazell! You can take the south ridge road up for a steeper more challenging route.

Traversed this wonderful set of trails with family and friends today. Many serendipitous pleasures were enjoyed: a small, cool creek; verdant foliage; a smorgasbord of wildflowers; blood-pumping grades and welcome declines; trees hoary with mossy age; and the tallest oak trees any of us had seen. We definitely plan a return trek!

on Lasky Creek Summit

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Nice hike through the forest with plenty of elevation change to burn some calories.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This forest has a couple of nice hikes, and a wonderful history of its birth. Be sure to read about it on the info boards near the parking area. Good hikes for dogs, and for getting one's heart rate jacked up a bit.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A MUST!!! Historic, BEAUTIFUL, nice levels of difficulty, flowers, creek, meadow, great place!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

They're doing some logging until the end of October 2013, so all the south trails are essentially closed. The open trails are lovely, however! Very wide and easy to follow. Great for dogs!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Great time today on the Bird Loop and the Plunkett Creek trail. Beautiful hike along the creek. Just a notice, though, the Southern part of the park, including the longer trail, is closed for construction. Not sure how long, but they have the trailheads on both ends posted.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

this is a nice park, hike up to the south meadow view point for some nice views. once the flowers start blooming, it should be even prettier. all in all it is an easy hike.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A nice hike with kids 5 to 11, although there was whining until we hit the summit...:-) A nice hike with plenty of shade. The restrooms are flush with sinks.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Been hiking this trail several times.. just wanted to say... great documentation on this guide..

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