Trails: (unnamed)Hike Location: Willamette Park
Geographic Location: south side of Corvallis, OR (44.55047, -123.25160)
Length: 2.1 miles
Difficulty: 1/10 (Easy)
Last Hiked: July 2021
Overview: A nearly flat loop partly along the banks of the Willamette River.
Park Information: https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/parksrec/page/willamette-park-natural-area
Hike Route Map: https://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=880660
Summary Video: (coming January 7, 2022)
Directions to the trailhead: From downtown Corvallis, take SR 99W south 1.1 miles to Crystal Lake Drive; there is a traffic light at this intersection. Turn left on Crystal Lake Dr. Take Crystal Lake Dr. east 0.5 miles to Fischer Lane and turn left on Fischer Ln. Fischer Ln. deadends at Willamette Park's boat ramp; park in the parking lot beside the boat ramp.
The hike: Consisting of 287 acres on the west bank of the Willamette River, Willamette Park is the largest park and crown jewel in the City of Corvallis' park system. The park's most popular amenities are the Crystal Lake Sports Fields, which offer a seemingly uncountable number of soccer and baseball fields, and the Willamette Boat Landing. A disc golf course lies at the park's south end, and the fact that most of the park has been designated an off-leash dog area makes the park puppy friendly.
Fortunately for hikers, most of the park's riverfront acreage remains in its natural state. The park has trailheads at both the north and south ends of the heavily wooded riparian area, and several routes are possible through the park's trail system. This hike starts from the park's north trailhead, goes south through the natural area, and returns by going past the athletic fields, thus sampling all the park has to offer.
|Southbound near the river|
|Second gravel river beach|
|Asphalt return trail|