Corvallis to Big Elk via Old Peak Road

About Corvallis to Big Elk via Old Peak Road

Big Elk Campground is conveniently located about half-way between Corvallis to the Coast. This is one of three routes on this website from Corvallis to Big Elk, and is the official bicycle route for the C2C Trail

Essential information

Starting location: Shawala Point in downtown Corvallis. Public parking with a 48 hour limit is available at the lot at 647 SW 2nd Street (see location).  

RWGPS route map: 30 miles; +2434'; 68% unpaved

Permit needed: Starker Forests recreation permit for the gated portion of Old Peak Road (Ridge Route Tree Farm) (free)

Seasonal closure: A one mile segment of this route is closed to bicycles between the middle of October through the Middle of May (on the Sugarbowl Creek segment of the C2C Trail). A detour is possible and will be described below. 

Additional information: Before riding any part of the C2C Trail, check the C2C Trail Partnership website for updated information.   

Climbing notes: Most of the climbing on the route occurs between Highway 34 and the Woods Creek Trailhead where the route gains 1900' in elevation over 9.6 miles.

Sugarbowl Creek Detour

This detour is necessary from 10/16 to 5/15. This route continues north on Shot Pouch Road and then turns south on Burnt Woods-Harlan Road and rejoins the C2C route at the settlement of Harlan. This detour adds a net of about 8 miles and 300' of climbing to the route. 

RWGPS route map: 11 miles; +442'; 35% unpaved