Airport Landing Double Loop
About the Evergreen Evacuation Route
This route explores the big hill immediately south of the town of Philomath, with a climb up Evergreen Road and a fast descent down Airport Road (which I have dubbed the "Airport Landing"). The second loop heads west on Ervin Road before returning via Decker Road and Fern Road. The route features great views and a seasonally available stop for food and drink at Hiatt Farm. The route is 22 miles, with 1670' of climbing, and is 42% unpaved.
Starting location: Philomath. Public parking is available on city streets, at Marys River Park, and at Philomath City Park.
RWGPS route [22 miles; +1670'; 42% unpaved].
Permit needed: Starker Forests recreation permit (for the Evergreen Tree Farm) (free)
Places on the route
Hiatt Farm (see map) is a family owned bakery that offers a variety of local produce and savory and sweet baked goods. It has outdoor seating and is a great place to take a break on this route. It is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday seasonally, and is closed in the winter beginning in mid-December.
Inavale Farm (equestrian facility) (see location)
Independent Community Center (see location)
Pioneer Village (neighborhood) (see location)
Additional route options
The route can be extended by exploring other backroads to the south, including Beaver Creek Road., Henderson Road, Neuman Road, and Starr Creek Road. You can also further explore the roads and trails on Starker Forests' Evergreen Tree Farm.
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