Summary: Starting at the east end parking lot you will start up a steep gravel road and then from the top you'll have a steep downhill walk to the Fitton Green monument. From this point you'll have a gradual downhill walk along Mary's River as gives the appearance of going uphill while you are going downhill. You'll pass through a gate onto a right of way through a cattle farm (stay on the road) and end up at the Cardwell Hill parking lot. This is a great hike, but now you have to go back, which means it is a nice long gradual hike back up to the monument, then a killer climb pack up the hill and back down to the parking lot and the end of the hike. This hike is best done in the summer or fall, in the winter and spring the trail is very muddy.
Trailhead: From Corvallis, Oregon, take Harrison Blvd west, as it crosses 53rd street it will become Oak Creek Road and as Oak Creek Road turns right, stay left as the road becomes Cardwell Road which will become gravel and then end at the parking lot and gate. This is your starting point (but this hike can be done from either end). This is also the Fitton Green access point. (Lat:44.61418 Lon:-123.28559)
Trail Guides for Cardwell Hill Right of Way:
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Benton County Parks Department
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Craig Cole, who has posted 74 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by KR&MM on 10/5/2010
This is indeed a great hike, which we took in early October 2010 - a beautiful wooded path that opens up at the bottom of the hill to a more grassy area with a clear view of Mary's River. We also enjoyed reading the informational displays found along the trail. Nice scenery and a fantastic workout! Definitely worth a try.
Reviewed by Chelsey on 7/14/2007
Did this one today with a friend and her dog, It was a very nice hike, Sitting with are feet in Marys river at the end was the best reward though, the dog was older and exhausted, the river saved us because there would have bin no way he would have made it back up without cooling off for a while. Saw a pretty big dear on the way back, it was beautiful, I will defiantly hike again!!
Reviewed by -=tg=- on 6/11/2006
Just got back from this hike. Absolutely beautiful. Trail was in great condition. Did not see another single person either way on a stunning Sunday afternoon. Took about 2.5 hours with dog (who had to take a swim in Mary's River). That last hill back is grueling!
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