Paper pub. date
January 2006
ISBN 9780870710995 (paperback)
5-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches, 176 pages. B&W photographs. Index.

Corvallis Trails

Exploring the Heart of the Valley

Margie C. Powell
Maps by Tom Bucht.

Situated in the heart of the Willamette Valley and nestled against the rolling hills of the Coast Range, Corvallis is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, renowned for its abundance of parks and natural areas, easily accessed within a few minutes from downtown. This informative, well-organized guide introduces nearly sixty trails, all either in Corvallis or within an hour's drive, and many suited for casual hikers and families with children. In Corvallis Trails, you'll discover

  • close-in recreational opportunities, including walks and short hikes in Corvallis city parks and McDonald Forest. Most of these are easily accessible by foot, bicycle, or public transportation.
  • trails outside of Corvallis but still within easy reach, including Marys Peak, four National Wildlife Refuges, two waterfall walks, and nearby Coast Range outings.

The detailed trail descriptions include directions, maps, the length and difficulty of each trail, and a wealth of information on the plants, wildlife, and natural attractions to be found. Also included are accounts of area history and local conservation efforts. Walkers, hikers, runners, mountain bikers, equestrians, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds will find this comprehensive guidebook an essential companion as they explore the miles of well-known - and not so well-known - trails in Corvallis and environs.

About the author

Margie Powell, a former U.S. Forest Service backcountry ranger, serves as trail work coordinator for the Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club. A longtime supporter of parks and natural areas, she is a member of the City of Corvallis Open Space Commission and the Benton County Natural Areas and Parks Advisory Board. She has been living in Corvallis and recreating on local trails since 1993.

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