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Cool Corvallis Hikes for the Rest of Us

Guest Author | 11/18/2019 | Biking, Bird Watching, Hiking, Nature Walks/Trails, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife

One of the benefits to Corvallis being so centrally located is the close proximity of trails and wilderness areas that are a quick jaunt for residents and visitors. While some of hikes can be a little more challenging than others, there's a wide variety of terrain to be explored if you know where to begin and what routes to take.

Jackson Frazier Wetlands: Located in Northeast Corvallis, this wetland area features a boardwalk, which allows visitors to wander through wetland areas that otherwise would not be possible to access, creating an opportunity to immerse yourself in the wetland habitat. The short stroll is just under a mile, and without hills and inclines, it's relatively easy for people of all ability levels to access and enjoy. Be cautious walking during or just after a rain - the boardwalk can sometimes get slick.

Bald Hill Natural Area: One of the most popular hiking spots in Corvallis, there's a web of trails that are suited for people with a different range of abilities. Located just west of Corvallis, there are roughly 5 miles of varying terrain offer a wide ranges of opportunities for everything from cycling on pavement around the hill to hiking a number of paths 755 feet to the top for a scenic view of the coast range.

Fitton Green Natural Area: Due to the popularity of Bald Hill and it's close proximity to town, this trail sometimes get overlooked by the crowds. The Allen Throop Loop is just under a mile with only moderate elevation gain. If you take a left, a very short climb will take you directly to highest point of this climb to a view from a prairie hillside of the coast range at 1000 feet. The lower end of the trail is 800 feet of altitude, and a moderately easy stroll. On windy afternoons as the air warms up, the side of the hill will carry heavy gusts of wind to the top.

Chip Ross Park and Natural Area: Located on the North side of Corvallis, this area features several trails between a mile or two that lead to a view that overlooks town from 800 feet. Taking a shortcut to the top is a good way to break a sweat and put on some altitude in a hurry, or you can take the main loop for a more gradual incline and enjoy a long walk beneath the trees.

Article by Randall Bonner. Photo: Bald Hill Natural Area, by Patrick Allen. Keep up with Corvallis news, events and happenings by signing up for our email newsletter.

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