Forest Road 500
ElevationAscent: 539' 164 m
Descent: -1,046' -319 m
High: 1,457' 444 m
Low: 489' 149 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“Doubletrack gravel forest road connects Lewisburg Saddle parking area with OSU's Peavy Arboretum.”— Alex Dye
Northbound access is gained from the popular Lewisburg Saddle parking area on Sulphur Springs Road; for southbound access, park at the Peavy Arboretum parking area. Regardless of starting points, expect a solid climb at the beginning of your hike. Connections with Vineyard Mountain Trail, Forest Road 600 (Patterson Rd.), and the Peavy Arboretum trail network make this an arterial connection for numerous loops in the McDonald Forest.
Very popular among dog-walkers, families, and mountain bikers, expect crowds in nearby parking areas on weekend afternoons. Still, the quantity of miles in the McDonald make solitude relatively easy to find by hiking a distance from the trailheads.
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Land Manager: Oregon State University College Forest