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McCulloch Peak

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Fire road hike through old and new growth to highest point in McDonald Forest
Near:Corvallis, OR
Distance:8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1770 ft
Hike Time:4.5 hours
Trail Condition:Fire road/pavement
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This is a sustained 4 mile up 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.
Trailhead: From I-5 take Corvallis Exit, Hwy 34 west and follow into Corvallis. As you enter Corvallis, the road becomes Harrison Blvd. Follow Harrision through town and as it crosses 53rd Street it will become Oak Creek road. Follow Oak Creek road (watch for it to run off main road) till it ends at the OSU research station parking lot. The Orange gate is your starting point. (Lat:44.655556 Lon:-123.566667)
Trail Guides for McCulloch Peak:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Oregon State University Department of Foresty
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Craig Cole, who has posted  74 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by SKM on 2/22/2015
This was one of my least favorite hikes I've ever done. The trail is ill-marked, extensive logging was recently done. The summit was lack luster, and the 4 mile descent was on hard cut quarry rock. Now my cup of tea. I love the elevation gains, and all said and done a good workout. Next time I want to put miles behind me, I'm going up the North Side of Mary's Peak.

Reviewed by DLH on 10/6/2009
A good workout and great forest scenery with nice views. Fellow hikers, bikers and dogs are all very friendly, though very sparse once you get deeper in the forest. Constant elevation gain from the gate to the peak, some of it pretty steep. It's all gravel forest road. Check the maps at the gate for an alternate single track called Extendo, one of the nicest trail in Mac' Forest. The Sulfur Springs entrance is a little bit shorter hike, but similar views and experience.

Reviewed by Viewer on 9/4/2007
I prefer to start at the Sulphur Springs gate for this hike but the result is the same -- a good workout and a great view for a reward.

Reviewed by Viewer on 8/29/2006
Nice hike via logging type road. It's nice at the top as are all high hikes. It's a good run to the top and back as well as a good hike.

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