About the Gellatly-Ervin Loop
This route forms a counterclockwise loop using the gravel roads that parallel Highway 34 and returns using Ervin Road and Fern Road, with an out-and-back spur to Hiatt Farm. The route is 20 miles, with 1150' of climbing, and is 48% unpaved.
Starting location: Philomath. Public parking is available on city streets, at Marys River Park, and at Philomath City Park.
RWGPS route: 20 miles; +1150'; 48% unpaved
Permit needed: Starker Forests recreation permit (for the Evergreen Tree Farm) (free)
Places on this route
Gathering Together Farm (see location)
Hiatt Farm (at 30699 Peterson Road) 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.
Independent Community Center (at 31615 Fern Road).
Invale Farm is an equestrian center with a scenic view of the mountains to the north.