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Starker Forest & McCulloch Peak - Corvallis area
Long, strenuous, difficult. For the intrepid experienced hiker with good endurance. Bring 2 liters of water, snacks, lunch, full-on rain gear and good boots. I carry microspikes. Poles are good. There will be gravel logging roads and some trails. It is muddy. We can poll hikers at certain points to see how they are doing as the routes are connected and can vary. We will be flexible if there is a problem. We wind around on road - up and down - and get to a nasty, brutish and short VERY steep trail (hands may be needed ) leading to the South Cardwell Ridgeline road. Then it is a reasonably gentle ridgeline and a choice: circumnavigation of McCulloch peak (gentle road climbing ) and a summit of the peak (2200-ish) and we take the Skillings Road down; or, we can do the direct (not gentle ) hike to the summit and take Skillings down. There are no facilities of any kind. Cell service is spotty. The leader has the necessary permit to hike in the private areas. Email the leader at least 48 hours in advance for directions to the starting point.
Hiking Distance: 8 to 12 miles RT
Elevation Gain: 3000+
Driving Distance: 11 miles RT from downtown Corvallis
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Hiking Trip Ratings:
EASY: Maximum of 5 miles round trip, elevation gain less than 1000 feet
MÉDIUM: 6-10 miles round trip, elevation gain 1000-2000 feet
HARD: Long, difficult, and strenuous
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