Ascent of McCulloch Peak on 2011-11-20

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Sunday, November 20, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:McCulloch Peak
    Elevation:2155 ft / 656 m

Ascent Trip Report

McCulloch Peak is located in a large forested area owned by the Oregon State University named the McDonald College Forest. They use the land for research and is open to the public for recreational purposes. The Cardwell Hills are located mostly within this forest owned by OSU. OSU named the high point of the Cardwell Hills, McCulloch Peak.

There are several entry gates into the area and it is a popular place for hikers, joggers, and mountain bikers. I chose to enter the area at the end of Sulphur Springs Road. To get there take, Hwy 99W north from Corvallis and at milepost 79 the is a signal for Lewisburg Ave. Turn left (west) and go 1.4 miles to Sulphur Springs Road and turn right. Follow this paved road all the way to the end in 3.1 miles.

The hike is a nice road hike following the signs to McCulloch Peak. The road stays low along the creek to begin and in almost a mile turns left and starts climbing up the mountainside. Just stay on the road and follow the signs. the hike is mostly under a forest cover and ends at a viewpoint on the summit. When I visited the weather didn't cooperate, views were blocked by fog and there was about 4" of snow on the summit. Nice hike.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1555 ft / 474 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:Sulphur Springs Road Hike
    Trailhead:600 ft / 182 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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