Individual Trails Descriptions for the mac

No matter the season, the bench at the top of The Plunge is always a good place to be in the mac.

No matter the season, the bench at the top of The Plunge is always a good place to be.

Making the Mac work for you is some tricky business, and the fact that trails come and go constantly adds to that morass. For starters, there are “official trails”, complete with signs, gravel surfaces and a variety of users, and “unofficial trails”, which tend to be runner or biker built trails of a steeper and more rustic nature. Most of these trails are shown on http://www.corvallistrails.org/, so please consult that page for geographic reference. Note that most of these trails seem to have hundreds of differing names, depending on who you ride with, so I will include some of the popular ones I’m aware of. Also included will be a quality rating (1-4 stars), which is intended to be relative only to other trails in the Mac… a four star segment is pretty good anywhere. I’ll divide the following descriptions according to four geographic areas: McCullock Peak/Oak Creek Gate, Dimple Hill/Chip Ross, Sulphur Springs- Peavey, and The Dunn. In reality these areas are all part of the same basic thing, but this way the trail lists are a bit easier to handle as you suffer through TDM’s lack of geographic aids.

 TDM would also like to say that he hopes this reference is useful in some way to plan a route if you’ve not been here before, or want to explore a few new options, but if you are reading this out of some fit of boredom he demands that you get off your ass and just go explore…enough said.

  Area: McCullock Peak/ Oak Creek

YetiWheel during better times on 007.

YetiWheel during better times on 007.

Trail Name: 007 and Top Secret (Deceased, ****)

Trail Type: Unofficial   Direction: down  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced

Description:   These trails no longer exist, which is sad news to local riders, as they linked up to form one of the best sections of riding in the forest. Top secret in particular was a bit of a classic, with high speeds, amazing rhythm, and a fun technical finish. It also had a relatively long history.   007 started off the very top of McCullock peak, and a newer trail (called No Secret) is being constructed by OSU. Here is to hoping, as this ridge is a perfect setting for some fun.

Trail Name: No Secret (Under Construction, Spring 2015)

Trail Type: Official singletrack.  Direction: Both  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: OK?

Description: It is worth mentioning that this trail is currently under construction, with the intent of being a purpose-built intermediate cycling trail off the top of McCullock. TDM thinks the line looks pretty good, and it should provide close to a mile of trail that will link to areas off the backside of the peak without mandating too much additional climbing to get back to the other trails in the area (like Brown-Nose)located closer to town. It may also provide a relatively easy climbing finish if coming up from Skillings Rd…a welcome thought!

Trail Name: South Ridge ***

Trail Type: Unofficial singletrack.  Direction: Down  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: OK

Description: South Ridge is one of the older trails in the forest, originally having a relatively remote feel before the 770 road was built. It is now broken up into several segments, beginning with a new segment for 2014 that starts off the top of McCulluch Peak (not on the map, but starts near the top of Tin Can Ally, and is often refered to as “New Interpretation”). In general this trail holds up pretty well in the winter, though you will have to watch the slippery roots in the middle sections, and a bit of mud in the top part. It also links well to other trails in the area, so is a part of many rides.

 

Word To Your Mother;  if you see this berm you just missed the start of Word Up trail, but who cares, cause this turn is worth a short backtrack.

The final turn of what was one of the better trails in the Mac; Word To Your Mother.

Trail Name: Word To Your Mother (WTYM)[CLOSED] ****

Trail Type: Unofficial singletrack (private property -CLOSED).  Direction: Primarily Down, Both

Trail Difficulty: Intermediate (advanced crux)  Wet: OK, but COULD get slippery.

Description: This trail is now closed, so please stay off. Narrow tread, lots interesting features and jukes, and generally nice drainage made this really fun and playful.   One of the best in the area, and a real loss.

Trail Name: Stark Naked [CLOSED] ***

Trail Type: Unofficial (private property – CLOSED).  Direction: Both Trail Difficulty: Intermediate.  Wet: OK

Description: Once a fun and functional line that linked to the middle of WTYM, this trail has been closed by the landowner, so please honor  this and stay off.

Trail Name: Word Up [CLOSED]***

Trail Type: Unofficial (private property). Direction: Primarily Up

Trail Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced when climbing.  Wet: OK (but not great)

Description: This sinuous climb linked from the bottom of WTYM back up to South Ridge via a fun climbing trail, with some double track toward the top. Despite some steep pitches, this is was a cool trail that traveled through some great terrain.  Please stay off.

Trail Name: As You Wish [CLOSED] ***

Trail Type: Unofficial (private property). Direction: Primarily Down

Trail Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced when climbing.  Wet: No!

Description: This line once connected WTYM to the area near the middle of the Narnia trail, making one of the longest continuous sections of singletrack in the Mac.    There were two sections, with the second section beginning just across the road from where part one pops out.  stay off!

Trail Name: Green Dragon   * to ***** (quality depends on mood)

Trail Type: Unofficial singletrack.  Direction: Strait Down  Trail Difficulty: Advanced  Wet: OK

Description: This is a rare thing, but TDM is at a loss for words.  This trail goes strait down one of the steepest  slopes in the area, and just in case you thought this would be easy, it is unpredictably twisty and rhythmless as well.  This trail takes a lot of crap from a lot of people, and TDM himself is inclined to call it idiotic…except for the fact that there is something perverse and hilarious about this descent when done with the right kind of people.  If absurd theater is your bag, this might be your line, but you are warned. Also, know that it splits near it’s origin…the original (and TDM believes better) line heads right, but the split is easy to miss.  To find this rig, climb view ridge from Skillings road, then descend a short distance from the highpoint to a very vague line taking off to the left just after a slight left turn in the road.

Trail Name: Coda (Tim’s Coda) [CLOSED] *

Trail Type: Unofficial singletrack.  Direction: Down  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: OK

Description: Narrow and sort of awkward, this trail allows one to work from the East to the west side of the South Ridge of McCullock Peak. Not a huge loss.

Trail Name: Tin Can (Tin Can Alley) **

Trail Type: Unofficial singletrack.  Direction: Down  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: NO!

Description: A short, awkward, but fun single-track section that links from the top of McCulluch to either Brown Nose , South Ridge, or Lupine Letdown.   Very slimy when wet (Use the top of South Ridge as a wet weather alternate).

Trail Name: Brown-nose (The Nose, Brown’s Nose, Lion) ****

Trail Type: Unofficial singletrack.  Direction: Primarily Down, tough up.

Trail Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced  Wet: OK

Description: A short but really fun alternative to Lupine Letdown or the third section of South Ridge. Good rhythm, varied terrain, a couple of fun berms, and a log ride (slippery when wet). Feeds nicely to WTYM, South Ridge, Southside slip or even The Plunge and Innuendo/Extendo. As a result of all of this…very popular. It can be climbed, though it is tough to clean…fun challenge.

This is  Frank, and he is frequently a bit blurry when he rides his bike, but the trail known as Brown-nose tends to accentuate the bluring issue a bit more than normal.

This is Frank, and he is frequently a bit blurry when he rides his bike, but the trail known as Brown-nose tends to accentuate the blurring issue a bit more than normal.

Trail Name: Lupine Letdown *

Trail Type: Unofficial singletrack.  Direction: Down  Trail Difficulty: Advanced Wet: No

Description: Lupine Letdown was one of the original trails off the top of McCulluch peak, and no other trail in the Mac is steeper. The trail starts as an enjoyable contour along an old roadbed, which now feeds other trails including Brown Nose and the South Ridge. It then abandons this traverse in favor of plunging strait down the hill…prepare to skid! It originally met South Side Slip (SSS) at it’s midpoint, but things have changed, and it now dumps onto the 770 road at the same location where SSS now begins. Doing Lupine is a kind of Mac right of passage, but The Nose is a lot more fun for most folks…TDM included. In the old days this one felt really remote, and in that era was one of the most popular adventures in the mac. Times have changed.

Trail Name: South Side Slip ****

Trail Type: Unofficial  Direction: Down  Trail Difficulty: Advanced  Wet: Not Recommended

Description: The slip is probably the most difficult trail in the forest, and for many regulars one of the best. At about a mile in length it is one of the longer and more remote options in the Mac, much of it twisting steeply down a series of rocky, rooty pitches, with a few log and creek crossings thrown in. There are even a few sketchy skinnies along the way and an optional gap or two, but for the most part this trail is very raw, semi-technical, and surprisingly fast. There is a short loop up the hill about half way down that provides a few minutes of fun switchbacks after a brief climb, but you are more likely to miss this than not. Also know that the last 200 meters are muddy during summer, and flat out soggy during the winter. A Mac classic, and currently in the best condition TDM can recall!

Nobody agrees what the name of this trail is, but everbody knows it leads to a trail called Howler, and that is something everyone can agree is worth remembering. worth

TDM calls this trail “Squealer”, but nobody seems to agree what the name of this trail really is.  It really doesn’t matter at the end of the day because all you need to know is that “Squealer”  leads to a trail called Howler, and that is a trail everyone can agree is worth remembering.

Trail Name: Squealer (Scream,upper Howler, Scream’n Jack)) ***

Trail Type: Unofficial   Direction: Both Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: Can be OK…or not.

Description:  This rare Mac climbing trail starts at the bottom of South Side Slip/South Ridge and contours around to the top of Howler (Scream on some maps).   You will have to hike the first 30 feet or so, but a nice series of tight swtchbacks, spiced up with several small jumps and stunts will take you to the start of an awesome trail without making your lungs burn unnecessarily. A great linkup. Is also reasonably fun going down during the wet season, though definitely no classic.

Trail Name: Howler (Lower Scream) ****

Trail Type: Unofficial .Direction: Primarily Down, Both Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: NO!

Description:  Pound for pound, few trails in the Mac are more fun than this little gem. To add to that, Howler’s location near the bottom of the hill makes it accessible with only a few hundred feet of climbing, and therefore it willingly combines with almost any other trail in the Oak creek/McCullock area quite nicely.   Expect a lot of fun turns and contours, a few small jumps over logs, and good dirt during the dry season. Don’t bother when wet…this thing, gets particularly messy, and significant trail damage can occur. Stay off.

Trail Name: The Portal***

Trail Type: Unofficial  Direction: Down Trail Difficulty: Intermediate + advanced crux  Wet: No

Description: The originally intended and more fun finish to Howler, this trail has one of the coolest features in the Mac. TDM won’t say more, so you will have to conduct your own investigation. This trail is the right spur taking off about 100 yards after the log-bridge step-down on Howler.

Trail Name: Hocus Pocus ***

Trail Type: Unofficial singletrack. Direction: Primarily down (hard climb)

Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: Generally No

Description: It has changed a few times over the years, but HP has proven durable, and the new version is better than ever. It has some awkward moments, but the rhythm is fair, and the track offers a combination of XC rolling with a few steeper, high speed descents built in. There are several entrances accessed off of the parent road(TDM prefers the most northern entrance), and there is one optional jump/step-down thing that bucks a bit, but is a pretty good time as long as you don’t go face down into the mud hole that follows. Best of all, it comes out right at the Oak Creek gate, so it makes a good first or last trail on whatever ride you have dreamed up. TDM prefers to hit this when descending one of the variations of the face trail that come off the top of Dimple hill.

Trail Name: Narnia [CLOSED]****

Trail Type: Unofficial  (private property – Closed). Direction: Both Trail Difficulty: Beginner Wet: No

Description: Narnia WAS so fun, though it could seem a little silly if you think about it too much. TDM’s recommendation was to think less.   It combined wonderfully smooth dirt with tons of lumps, bumps, micro-berms and mini-jumps. The loss of Word to your Mother hurt, but this one was fun for everyone, and is a big loss.

Trail Name: Rockslide*

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Down Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: OK

Description: Very steep with a couple of options. Nothing special to see here; move along.

Trail Name: Innuendo (Endo, upper extendo)****

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track.  Direction: Down  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: No!

Description: Short, fast and tricky, Innuendo offers a diversity of subtle line choices that keep the locals engaged for years at a time. A tosser from another town tore down the once enjoyable jump that marked it’s start, but this trail is still one rad little section…TDM just wishes it went on longer. Combining this with Extendo is one of the more common ways to exit the forest via the Oak Creek Gate (OCG).

Trail Name: Extendo***

Trail Type: Official wide single-track.  Direction: Both   Difficulty: Beginner

Wet: OK- seasonal closure 10/31 to 4/15

Description: Extendo is very popular with all trail user groups, so TDM asks that you not scare the piss out of hikers and horses by firing through areas with poor sightlines at mach-sick. The trail is wide, graveled and very tame, but that does not mean it sucks. Big trees, a few roots to bounce off, and some fast sections here and there lend to a few giggles, even with the speed-check ethic. Don’t be a dick, and everyone should leave with a smile.

Stark Naked

Stark Naked, now closed.

Trail Name: Shave and a haircut***

Trail Type: Unofficial  Direction: Both (Tough Up) Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: Marginal

Description: A rolling trail with a lot of roots and a couple of really steep parts. While mostly a descending trail, it is surprisingly fun to climb for the inclined. This area has a lot of linkups, most of which end up at a bridge over Baker creek. TDM most prefers a link known as Lovely Rita for descending the lower part, while “Shave Cutoff” is better for climbing. See map for clarity on what that looks like. TDM recommends exiting via Bee Sting, but expect another tough (but much shorter) climb if heading up the hill.

Trail Name: Crosscut (Two Bits, Buzzcut)**

Trail Type: Unofficial Direction: Down (tough climb) Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: Marginal

Description: A fun little section of trail offers access to several options further down the hill, with a convenient climb up Alien (RD 870) at roughly the mid-way mark. Narrow tread, some fun rolls, and moderate speeds are the rule, just watch the kind of nasty start, which dives strait down a hill from the road access, then turns left after 50 ft or so. Turning left at the mid-way takes one to Funnelcake, while staying right exits onto Lovely Rita/Shave and a haircut. As a diversion from going straight to the top of McCulluch, TDM likes to do this trail, then climb Alien back up as he proceeds toward the top of McCulloch to roll on the better trails off the top.

Trail Name: Funnelcake**

Trail Type: Unofficial Direction: Down Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: Marginal

Description:  This trail has changed a lot over the years, but there has always been at least one section of skid-strait-down-the-hill involved. The current incarnation starts from Crosscut, twists awkwardly about for a short ways, then plunges a short distance before hitting a fun section on an old skidder road. TDM likes this trail, but tends to do the Plunge instead, as they start and end rather near to one-another, and the plunge is a much better use of elevation.

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Blurry Frank, hucking as usual on The Plunge

Trail Name: The Plunge ****

Trail Type: Unofficial  Direction: Down

Trail Difficulty: Advanced (left version), Intermediate (right version)  Wet: OK, but can be slippery.

Description: Agreed by pretty well everybody to be one of the best trails in the Mac, this thing is sooo faaaasst. The first little section is narrow tread with moderate berms and ruts and a few small step-downish things, then you hit the old road section and there are some bigger jumps, a few (optional) gaps, and some really fast trail. It holds up pretty well in the wet too, though the clay can get slick in some conditions…luckily the ruts tend to keep things moving in the right direction.  Until recently the trail split for 100 yards in the middle…the left fork is an awesome, rutted section with a steep drop (the namesake of the trail). The right fork is much easier, and is the currently open option. If this trail were longer it would easily make TDM’s favorite descents in Oregon list…hell, it might anyway.

Trail Name: Roller Coaster (Carnival, Roller Coaster of Love)**

Trail Type: Unofficial  Direction: Down…very. Trail Difficulty: Advanced Wet: No

Description: First off, TDM has given this trail only two stars, but if he comes clean he will admit to really liking this rig. Raw, steep, and kind of crazy, this thing is not like any other trail in the Mac, and serves as a perfect but warped prelude to New Groove. It is no pushover though, so be ready to commit to loamy steepness with a twist or two. Why the diminished star count?…some folks really don’t like this one, so TDM is honoring their group’s (incorrect) sentiment with a neutral score. Which team are you on?

Trail Name: Chute Me **

Trail Type: Unofficial Direction: Down, Down, Down. Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: OK-ish.

Description: Check your brakes. Old-school fall-line skidder with a new and definitely not improved skid-road finish.  At one time this trail featured a cool second half, and was bolstered by the fact that it was the only way to get to a trail known as the Groove Tube (RIP), which was in the hunt for best trail in the forest, alongside Top Secret. Now it serves as the slightly easier entrance to new Groove…still a good reason to slide your ass down this hill. Surprisingly, it does have a small fan-base, though they are few in numbers (talking to you, Smoker).

Trail Name: Horsetail (Rocky Road)**

Trail Type: Unofficial  Direction: Mostly up, up, up. Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: OK

Description: Painful and efficient, Horsetail cuts off a fair bit of gravel road climbing if you are trying to get to the top in a hurry. On the plus side, it is singletrack, and the scenery is better than the road. The downside? Sustained pain, dude. It rides great in the wet.

Trail Name: Iris Meadow/Stick in the Eye ****

Trail Type: Unofficial  Direction: Both  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: Marginal

Description: The riding is average on this line, but there is something really likable about this trail. It feels kind of out-there, like you are riding a much longer trail than you really are, and if you time it right there are indeed irises. Descending it is super fun, but the whole line climbs at least as well…TDM’s favorite way to the top from Soap Cr valley. Best linked with Log-Bridge, though logging activity during the winter of 2014-15 has messed up portions of that trail…TDM will investigate and report back soon.

Trail Name: Log Bridge***

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track. (Currently closed due to logging)  Direction: Both

Trail Difficulty: Intermediate with an advanced move on roots.  Wet: No

Description: This is really the last section of Iris Meadow, though the character is a little different. Screaming fast trail is interrupted by occasional downed logs, then things turn a little bit technical as several creeks are crossed via a skinny and some tricky roots. The bottom gets super muddy, or at least it did before logging wiped this trail out in 2014. TDM will update the status ASAP. This was a very popular trail, and TDM really hopes it survives recent dramas..

Trail Name: Shout No More***

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track.  Direction: Very Down Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: Nope

Description: An old skidder trail that has a fall-line feel, but is somehow rhythmic and really fun. Watch your eyes on the low branches around the jumps, and lookout for some blind turns near the bottom. Does not get a ton of traffic due to its relatively remote location, but worth the effort now and again! In truth, TDM really likes this rig and would put it on his personal fav’s list.

Trail Name: (Unknown) The Price is right*

Trail Type: Unofficial (Private Property). Direction: Down…both?

Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: Not too bad, but the exit road may be a mess.

Description:  With some work this could be another great section of trail. As it is…yea…it needs work. Expect a casual cruise down an old skidder road, with some tight spots between trees, and a few railable banks and the like.  Located in the valley just south of Price Peak.

Trail Name: Trail of Woe *

Trail Type: Unofficial (Private Property). Direction: Both  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: Please…No.

Description:  Rutted and constantly changing. This ting is never the same two season in a row, but depending on the ruts, and how much pruning some good samaritin might have done recently, it can be really fun…or horrible.  Which is it now?  An absolute disaster when wet.

Defective Trees are a common site in the mac, and dealing with them requires constant creativity, and commitment.  Poor us.

Defective Trees are a common site in the mac, and dealing with them requires constant creativity.

Trail Name: Corkscrew (Serpentine)***

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track.  Direction: Down  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: OK, but hard to stop in places!

Description:  Twisting, steep and narrow, with slippery leaves in the summer, TDM really likes this one. Very quirky, and much better than wasting the vert on a gravel road!

Area: Dimple Hill/Chip Ross

Trail Name: The Face* 

Trail Type: Unofficial  Direction: Down  Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: Can be OK

Description:  This is an old trail exiting the top of Dimple Hill by going strait down through a pleasant meadow…unusually steep, even for the Mac. The riding is not that great, but it has good views of the area, and is a quick way down to the Oak Creek Gate.   TDM recommends a finish with Hocus Pocus…a nice pairing.

A meadow trail dropping over the horizon...so much hope and optimism at the top of Dimple hill.  We won't mention what it took to get here, though.

Springtime at the top of Dimple Hill, with The Face Trail leading the way home.

Trail Name: Anti Face (Right Face)**

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Down  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate

Wet: Can be OK, but gets slippery with a lot of rains.

Description:  An alternative to the face that includes a few more turns, and even a jump or two. Probably the more fun option and best linked with Hocus Pocus. Try it on a cross bike in the mud for a challenge…best served with a crew of taunting friends.  Take a right shortly after starting down the face, and hold on!

Trail Name: Thistle (Poisen Ivy, Hydra)Deceased***

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Both  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: No

Description:  If you are going to do Dan’s and/or Horse Trail you might as well do this fun little XC linkup, as it will only add a few minutes of time and a hundred feet or so of climbing. Expect a rolling nature, with the trail being more difficult traveling south to north. Links well with Bombs Away or High Horse, but can have some poison oak.

Trail Name: Hansel & Gretel (Gnome Trail)**

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Down Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: OK

Description: This might be the shortest trail in the Mac…no small achievement (TDM is embarrassed and hopes the reader can forgive him).  A likable but insignificant section that rides better starting at the western end.

Trail Name: Bombs Away***

Trail Type: Unofficial   Direction: Mostly down Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: No

Description:  This twisty, rooty model has been the best of the dimple hill area for a number of years, though some recent downed trees are currently hampering it’s style a bit.   Take a right at the huge tree roots to continue on the more recently built extension, whih only adds to the fun. some big trees!

Trail Name: High Horse (Crazy Horse)**

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Down Trail Difficulty: Advanced Wet: NO!

Description: Another short, steep, twisty route that dumps out at the top of Horse trail. It definitely has some fun moments, but don’t worry too much when you can’t see over the lip…it all rolls.

Trail Name: Dan’s Trail : upper and Lower Sections***

Trail Type: Official graveled single-track  Direction: Both  Trail Difficulty: Beginner Wet: OK

Description: Dan’s is the most common route to and from Dimple Hill, and is one the most popular and well known trails in the area. It is typically well graveled (to the point of being loose), and when combined with Horse makes the easiest loop in the forest. Dan’s is a nice climb, but is much too tame to be much entertainment for advanced riders descending…very benign trail. Please be courteous to all other users…the trail is fun to ride fast going down, but TDM tries to held ‘er back to reduce the terror for hikers and equestrians.

Trail Name: Horse Trail: upper and lower sections

Trail Type: Official single-track Direction: Down Trail Difficulty: Beginner Wet: OK

Description:  Dan’s trail’s slightly less attractive cousin, this trail is manicured and graveled for all weather use. TDM prefers to climb this, then descend Dan’s to form a quick loop from town. Watch out and be respectful for other users, and beware of a strangely troubling turn in the final meadow on the descent.

Trail Name: Bandit (Poison, Shotgun Betty)*

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Both  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: No

Description: Don’t do this section if you are sensitive to poison Oak. A few interesting moments with some pretty average trail between.

Trail Name: The Meadow***

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Down  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: OK

Description: Unlabeled on the map; proceeds strait down the hill from top of Chip Ross park through Timberhill Natural Area. Fast, wide open spaces, and a fun way to return to town. Might be the fastest trail in the Mac?

Word To Your Mother.

Typical Maccery

Trail Name: The Ridge Trail (Torn Peck, Bandit)**

Trail Type: Official single-track  Direction: Down Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: OK

Description:  This line was recently converted to official status, but the best part of the trail got destroyed in the process. It now has a nice ridge section preceeding several annoying switchbacks, ending with a more open descent to the road near the Sulfur Springs gate. Please monitor your speed near the bottom, as sight lines and friction are not all that hot.

Trail Name: Alpha**

Trail Type: Official single-track Direction: Up Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: OK

Description: A steep all weather trail coming up from the Soap Creek valley. Punchy!

Trail Name: Beta (Area 51)**

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Down  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: No

Description: Specializing in narrow and awkward, somehow this trail is pretty fun. Watch out for a myriad of branching trails near the bottom, and a slowly failing bridge-thing in a gully that could end in disaster if you miss the easy, but narrow-ish track.

Trail Name: Bee-Sting**

Trail Type: Unofficial Direction: Primarily up Trail Difficulty: Intermediate (Advanced cruxes and steep)  Wet: OK-ish

Description:  Short, steep, and super punchy, this thing is fun to climb but anti-climactic headed downhill. Expect a couple of tricky creek crossings and a surprisingly tricky left turn over some roots that will keep you coming back in an effort to clean this rig. A good exit from area 51 or Shave and a haircut.

Area: Sulphur Springs/Peavy Arboretum

Trail Name: Outhouse **

Trail Type: Unofficial   Direction: Primarily down  Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: Marginal

Description: A short section of fairly nondescript singletrack which ends with a few fun turns and a launchable roll right at the parking lot.

Trail Name: The Tower (Tower Ridge, Wolf Tree)***

Trail Type: Official single-track  Direction: Both.  Trail Difficulty: Beginner  Wet: OK

Description: This bit of trail has recently been revamped and provides all season travel through a fun combination of off-camber turns and good sight-lines. Being new as of April, 2015 we don’t yet know how well this route will hold up during winter conditions, but it is bound to be a popular line, even if only during the summer. Here is to hoping the good drainage works year around!

Trail Name: Hilo (Now closed)***

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Down  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: OK

Description: This relatively new trail is now closed, though there are plans for an official trail here in some form of edited version. For now, please stay off. It was a fun, fast cruise down a vague ridge. TDM hopes the new version is good as well, as it is a nice location for a trail.

Trail Name: Bonzai Trail**

Trail Type: Official single-track  Direction: Both  Trail Difficulty: Beginner  Wet: OK

Description: Basically a gravel road with a few fun runnels to jump. Forms a nice loop at the end of a gravel grinder on the Nettleton-Davies Road loop.

Trail Name: TNT ***

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Both?  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: ?

Description: Embarrassingly, TDM has not done this trail, but hears it is pretty fun.   Time for some research!

Area: The Dunn

Trail Name: Trail of Wu (Lookout Saddle Tie)**

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Both  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: OK

Description:  TDM likes this rig as a climb, heading form the South, as a way to get to Lunch Counter trail. It is too short to be a destination, but a nice little section.

Trail Name: Lunch Counter***

Trail Type: Unofficial  Direction: Both  Difficulty: Intermediate (Steep climbing) Wet: OK

Description: A really cool ridge with a great picnic spot in the meadow up top. Good in either direction, and often done as an out-and-back. Link it with Shout No More and Iris Meadow if coming from the Mac.

Trail Name: Shorter Cut*

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Both  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: OK

Description: There is not much to recommend this link between roads, but it does allow some loops to form up, particularly connecting Lunch Counter to Tunnel Vision, etc..

Trail Name: Short Cut**

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Both  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: OK

Description: Pleasant trail that is over way too soon.

Trail Name: Red House (Ridge Walker)

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Trail Difficulty: ? Wet: ?

Description:  TDM will investigate…it has been a lot of years.

Trail Name: Tunnel Vision***

Trail Type: Unofficial  Direction: Down  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: sections vary.

Description: Varied, and seemingly different every year, this trail is fast, awkward, flowing, open and/or muddy depending on the year and what section you are riding. TDM consistently enjoys this one, regardless of the situation, but watch out for poison oak!

Trail Name: NW Express***

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Both  Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: OK

Description: Recently logged…is it back? Nice ridge with a couple of hard climbs coming from the east. Current status is unknown by TDM, but he fears the worst.

Trail Name: All About Frank***

Trail Type: Unofficial single-track  Direction: Down Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Wet: OK

Description: This is actually a combination of several sections, including ( from top to bottom) Vince’s Trail, Tango and Cash, and Tin Can (Go Go Girl). Fun riding through recent reprod, the tunnel-like nature of the middle section is really cool. Don’t bother in the summer or the blackberries and poison Oak might take you out, but in the spring this trail is worth your time, particularly because it leads strait into one of the best in the Mac (Chuff’d).

Trail Name: Chuff’d ****

Trail Type: Unofficial  Direction: Primarily down  Difficulty: Intermediate  Wet: OK

Description:  The original version was unusually rocky for the Mac, with tons gap-able micro rolls, and fun roots, as well as a few surprising turns. This was easily one of the most fun trails in the area. Recent logging has altered the deal…it has been rebuilt already, but TDM is not in on the details, as yet.

References

Maps to the Trails: http://www.corvallistrails.org/

OSU Maps and information: http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/visitor-map-and-guide

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