On Sunday January 28th Troubadour and I decided we needed some exercise and hiking sounded like a fine idea. As usual, the hardest decision was figuring out where to go. We knew we didn't want to drive too far away and rain was forecast to the south. We chose to hike in the Oregon State University (OSU) Research Forest, aka McDonald-Dunn Forest. It is located north of Corvallis and contains nearly 11,250 acres of forest. We've been up there many times on our mountain bikes and hiking too.
On this day we chose a gate located off Tampico Rd. It is one we've not started from before. We were going hiking in the Dunn Forest starting on Rd 400. The parking area is the 'P' just to the right of center of the photo below.
|(Hiking in Dunn Forest)|
We have a book called Corvallis Trails: Exploring the Heart of the Valley, that we reference for hikes in and around Corvallis. It describes this one as moderate and not busy. We were thinking of one other trail, but it was listed as difficult and we haven't been out walking much lately.
A 1/4 mile up Rd 400 and we turned right on Rd 420 to do the loop counter clockwise.
|( A perfect day for a hike in the woods)|
|(Notice the mist down the left-hand fork)|
The mist was on the move and soon we were in the midst of the mist.
|(Misty morning on the mountain)|
|(Sunshine lighting up the forest)|
|(Nature is reclaiming one of its own)|
|(Salamander heading in for a swim)|
|(Hello Mr. or Mrs. Salamander)|
|(Even the Woolly Bear Caterpillars were out - odd to see them this time of year)|
|(Left - Mount Jefferson / Right- the Three Sisters)|
|(A zoomed in view of Mt. Jefferson)|
|(And the Three Sisters)|
|(Troubadour making a wooden cairn)|
|(A picture of Troubadour taking a picture)|
|(Had to have at least one selfie - photo by Troubadour)|
|(Panoramic by Troubadour)|
|(Left - Mt. Hood / Right - Mt. Jefferson)|
We came upon a little stream running through a culvert under the gravel road.
|(Winter rains bring rushing water - a look down stream)|
|(And a look up stream)|
|(Treasure? Out here in the forest?)|
|(Smile or 5-mile? Either way we smiled and were about at mile 5 of our hike)|
|(Same photo in black and white)|
|(Tall trees in the forest)|
- Au Revoir
" And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul." - John Muir.