Summary: At the trailhead, you have the option of two ways to take this loop hike. Either way is okay, and will meet the other and then loop back. The gravel road on the left is Davies Road (580) and the one on the right is Nettleton Road (500). Going left takes you down hill first, then on a long sustatined up hill climb until you head down at the junction of 510 (stay right on 500). Going right first will give you a sustained up hill hike, then a very long downhill effort, then a climb up to finish. The roads are open to the public as long as you stay on them or official marked trails. You will see tall pines and animals like deer. You will also see some evidence of logging as this is a training forest for Oregon State University. Stop at the old quary and look at the high clift and "swimming" pool. There are several branch hikes like the top of Vineyard Mt (510 road) and the "Old Growth" single track trail off of Davies Rd.
Trailhead: From I-5 take Corvallis Exit HWY 34 West, and as you cross the bridge into Corvallis, take a left and head north on Hwy 99W and take a left on Lewisburg Ave, then a gradual right onto Sulphur Springs Road. At the top of the road or "saddle" you will find a small parking lot by the large orange gate. This is the trail head (and you'll find a port-a-potty there) on the north side of the road. The gravel road on the left is Davies Road (580) and the one on the right is Nettleton Road (500). This is McDonald Forrest which is managed by Oregon State University. (Lat:44.636733 Lon:-123.29565)
Trail Guides for Davies Nettleton Loop:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: OSU 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 Ashley on 4/25/2010
This hike takes you along a wide gravel road through a Douglas Fir forest. There are a few vistas overlooking the town and farms below but no show stoppers. I tend to prefer hikes on paths rather than roads.And on this hike you can never escape the feeling of being on a road. To its credit this loop seemed ideal for keeping an eye on energetic dogs. The hike itself was easy, there are inclines and slopes but nothing steep or strenuous. The 6 mile loop took just over 2 hours to complete. The "swimming pool" is a natural blueish green pool. There were a few dogs and families enjoying the spot.
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