The weather is finally nice again, and Corvallis is ready to show off its spring and summer beauty. There are quite a few hiking areas right in town, and even more in the surrounding areas. Whether you’re a veteran traveler of these trails and have already begun your warm-weather hikes, or you’re a beginner and have yet to check them out, here are just some of the great spots Corvallisites’ have easy access to.
Mary’s Peak: About 15 miles outside of the heart of Corvallis, Mary’s Peak is one of the most famous places to hike in the area. The mountain is home to just over six miles of trails, many leading to the highest point in the Coastal Range with a breathtaking view of Corvallis, the Cascades, and the ocean. The paths can get somewhat steep, making it ideal for those who want a little challenge. Be ready to dedicate the majority of your day to this peak, but the end results are definitely worth it!
Bald Hill: This trail is very popular for Corvallis locals to explore because it is close and offers a beautiful view of the city. Located on the outskirts of town, Bald Hill provides an easy and casual hiking experience that should only take you a couple of hours to complete. It’s also a great area for mountain bikes, as the paths are wide enough to navigate regardless of your level of experience.
Dimple Hill: Located just outside of town, Dimple Hill offers a trail which can be used for hiking, biking, or even horse riding. The trail is easy, allowing leisurely exploration and a great chance to get outside in the sun and see a great view of Corvallis. Mary’s Peak is also visible from the top, offering inspiration to plan your next excursion. The trail is fairly long, taking 8 to 10 hours for the total trip.
Mulkey Creek: A little past Bald Hill, Mulkey Creek is a shorter hike which provides great exercise. The trail offers a more difficult hike than a lot of trails in town. This path is very mountain bike friendly, as well. The views at the top aren’t great, making this path better suited for a spontaneous hike that you don’t have to get to the peak to appreciate—there’s plenty of natural beauty on the way.
Peavy Arboretum: Maintained by Oregon State University, this area is great for forest enthusiasts as the trail leads you through old growth trees and other wooded areas. The path also goes by Cronemiller Lake, offering water views that might be lacking elsewhere in Corvallis. This trail will take the average person about three hours to complete, offering another shorter path that can be completed during the day leaving you plenty of time to get other things done.
By Mitch Haines