Overview: I've detailed what I believe to be the hardest afternoon ride possible within the MacDunn Forest next to Oregon State University. ... more »
Overview: I've detailed what I believe to be the hardest afternoon ride possible within the MacDunn Forest next to Oregon State University. ... more » With over 20,000 students at OSU now its a good bet that there are some hard core mountain bikers out there... are you one of them? Do you think you can handle this 3-peak quad burner route. I've got multiple guides for riding in this area that you can explore but this one combines 6 of them into a monster of a ride. Good Luck and make sure to follow my detailed turn directions! less «
Tips: Start at the center of campus on the Memorial Quad.
Start here at the center of campus and head north on 26th street to Campus Way.
Take a left on Campus Way and follow it across 35th street.
Cross the road and follow the bike path past the fairgrounds towards Bald Hill.
Take a right and head north around the east side of Bald HIll on the paved path.
Here, by a barn on a hill is the entrance to the trails up Bald Hill. If you are truly an animal you can try to tackle this before continuing on but I wouldn't suggest it.... Check out my other guide for this if you are interested.
Just before the bridge over the creek to the parking lot take a left and continue on a dirt path alongside the road past a cow pasture.
Take a right and then a left to head north on Oak Creek Drive. There is no bike lane but the shoulder is big and locals know this a popular bike route so it's not very dangerous.
Bare right to continue on Oak Creek Drive.
Take a left here and start your climb. The trailhead at Oak Creek was 480 feet and you will be climbing to the top of McCulloch Peak at 2,155 feet.... your first peak on this ride.
Head left onto a single track bike path that will take you to the top of McCulloch Peak.
Take a left here to circle in a loop around to the north. Don't worry, either way you take will bring you back around staying on the 700 road.
Take a right to circle around staying on the 700 road. Don't go left here as you'll end up going down into the wrong drainage!
Here you will depart from the 700 road and head right to start your descent down the 680 road after a quick traverse around the north side of a ridge.
Here you will start your descent. to the south. (take a right).
No, you are not allowed to bail here and have a wicked fun descent down to Extendo. Check out my other guide for that. Instead you are going to descend down the road a bit further and then start your 2nd major ascent... Enjoy the descent and let your legs rest!
Take a left on road 600 and start your switchbacking climb up towards Dimple HIll.
Take a right onto Road 650 to climb to the top of Dimple Hill.
You are at the top of Dimple Hill at 1,493 feet. If you are here in late summer there will be plenty of Himilayan Blackberries to eat. From here continue to the east down the trail instead of going back the way you came. Don't bomb down the trail though as you will soon exit back onto Road 600 again to head towards Lewisberg Saddle.
Exit off the trail to the 600 road to continue east and downhill. Follow this road all the way to Lewisburg Saddle ignoring all other side trails on the way.
From here you are now going to head on a loop trail up Vineyard Mountain and back. Head down the William A. Davies Road to the left. You will follow this for about 3.5 miles past an old quarry, around clear cuts with great valley views and through stands of forest monitored by OSU with interpetive signs about what you are passing.
How are your thighs??? Strong enough to make it up this final little climb of a couple hundred feet to the top of Vineyard Mountain? Go for it! You will return here after you check the summit out.
Instead of heading back across Lewisberg Saddle up the 600 road towards Dimple again, take a quick left to head downhill on Road 610 instead to continue your descent.
Head into the woods to your right here and then take a left and head downhill on the very fun single track Horse Trail.
Take a left for a brief distance down this gravel road and look for a bridge on your right into the woods. to continue onward towards Chip Ross Park.
From the parking lot head up the hill. Don't worry, this is your last little uphill of the ride. I feel sorry for your thighs at this point!
Take a left onto this path and head down hill.
Take another left to continue on a longer path down towards the Timber Hill Fitness Center.
Take a left to find your way on this paved path down to 29th Street. The rest of the ride is paved and mostly downhill from here onward.
Cross Walnut and follow 29th Street all the way to Harrison.
Cross Harrison onto Arnold Way.. if you are an OSU student you'll be able to find your way back from here.
Take a left off of Monroe onto 26th street back to campus quad. You made it... may want to grab drink and relax for the rest of the day after that ride...