Summary: Cont. from "Trailhead" ...Stay straight as first main road comes in from left, Stay L or straight as second road comes in from right, take the steep left off main road. Just below the top, look to left for a single track. Follow this trail till it turns into the boundry service road. As this road starts a steep decent, look to your left for another single track trail. Follow this trail to the top of hill and down the other side till it comes out at a junction of fire roads. Take the left road and head down the road till it "T's". At the "T" go L and follow the main road and start your climb up the fire road on the other side of the valley. At about 8 miles or at the top of climb look to your left for hard to spot single track. Follow to the top and L on single track, cross 700 road, follow single track again down to the 700 road, go R and follow the 700 road down to your car.
Trailhead: From Corvallis, take 3rd street/HWY 99 W north for about 5 miles, then left on Lewisburg at the light. After about two miles take gradual right onto Sulfer Springs Road up and over the saddle and down to the parking area near the trail bridge just after it turns to gravel. This is your starting point (if you want to you can drive to the end of the road and park at the Orange Gate at the start of the 700 forest road. This hike can be done in either direction, either way you'll have two up hill climbs. I like to go counter-clockwise.
From parking go N on Sulpher Springs, L on Soap Creek, then L on gravel Moss Creek road. L on Hein which ends at "T", L around the gate and up the hill (there a number of roads coming in, when in doubt, go up hill). (Lat:44.6437 Lon:-123.309)
Trail Guides for The Forest Peak Loop:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Oregon State University Department of Forestry
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Craig Cole, who has posted 74 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by HikerRuss on 7/28/2007
Of the hikes I've taken in the McDonald-Dunn Forest, this one is my favorite but be forewarned, it is not for the beginner. Indeed, this is quite a hike. Pack plenty of water and, if you're like me, start early so you get all the great views captured on your cameras. Some rough spots but, take it easy, rest when you need to because this is an incline most of the way with few level places. At the top of McCulloch Peak is a bench that certainly was a great and needed surprise. Pack a meal if you start early enough and eat at the peak! Enjoy!
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