Sauerkraut (from Adair Village)
About Sauerkraut from Adair Village
This "lollipop" loop route begins at Adair Village and is surrounded by farmland. It consists of relative flat sections, rolling hills, and one significant hill climb on Sauerkraut Road to a dramatic view of the surrounding area. The route is 28 miles, with 1000’ of climbing, and is 45% unpaved.
Starting location: Adair Village - Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife lot (see location)
Distance & drive time (from downtown Corvallis): 8.1 miles; 14 minutes (see route)
RWGPS route map [28 miles; +1000'; 45% unpaved]
More information: A huge Christmas Tree Fam surrounds much of Sauerkraut Road (Noble Mountain's Sauerkraut Farm). Other crops often grown in the area include Meadowfoam (used to make oil, often for cosmetics and hair products) and Clary Sage (used to make an essential oil, which can be used in tea or for aromatherapy).
Optional route: Bike Indy is a bicycle organization based in Independence that promotes bicycle routes and events in the area. They have published a very nice route beginning in Independence that includes the Sauerkraut loop. It is 32 miles (52% unpaved), with 1200' of climbing.
Related routes: Sauerkraut from Sarah Helmick Park.
Related or similar routes
Luckiamute Loop [32 miles; +1230'; 40% unpaved]
Luckiamute - Sauerkraut Loop [41 miles; +1800'; 45% unpaved]