SCA 2016 Pack Hikes

We are holding 2 pack hikes – one easy, and one moderate.


Monday, October 10, 2016 Easy Pack Hike – 5 miles, flat

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Location:  Albany Parks – Waverly Lake Loop and Simpson Park Trail

Driving Directions:

  • Distance – 0.8 miles total (5 minutes)
  • From the Linn County Fairgrounds head west over Interstate 5 and continue on Pacific Blvd. SE.  Turn right on Albany Ave SE, then right on SE Salem Rd. Immediately look for the entrance to Waverly Lake; the first driveway on your right.   Park in lot – portable restroom may be available but best use facilities at your hotel.

Meet at 7:30 am in the parking lot – a small scale to weigh dog packs will be present but best weigh your dog and dog’s pack before you come.

Hike details

  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Elevation: none
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Hike Time: 3 hours
  • Trail: pavement and trail
  • Hike Type: out and back
  • Description: This hike will be on the Albany Parks trail system. We will start by going around beautiful Waverly Lake then along Cox Creek trail and the Simpson Park trail which borders the Willamette River. We return the way we came.

Fees: none

Working Dog points – 50




There will be two options for a moderate hike outside the Corvallis area depending on weather.

The chosen hike will be announced the day before by email. It is best to weigh your dog at home and your dog’s pack before you come although a small scale to weigh packs will be available.

Mary’s Peak via East Ridge Trail Moderate – 6 miles, 1537 ft gain

(Nice weather day option)

Driving Directions: (35 miles, 70 minute drive) Head west on Knox Butte Rd E past Interstate 5 onto Pacific Blvd SE/OR 99E. Merge 1 mile later onto US Hwy 20 W toward Corvallis (9 miles). Go through Corvallis to Philomath staying on Hwy 20. Turn left (southeast) onto Hwy 34 for 9 miles then turn right onto Mary’s Peak Road – drive 5.5 miles to the East Ridge Conner’s Corner parking lot on the right. (To use a navigation device, use 3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany, OR 97322 to Mary’s Peak, Philomath, OR. NOTE: you only go 5.5 miles on Mary’s Peak Road (not 9.8 miles to the summit).

Meet at 8:15 am at the Parking Lot for Conner’s Camp – display your parking permit in your car. You can purchase a day parking pass at the trailhead for $5 (need exact change) or use NW Forest Pass or Interagency Annual, Military, Senior or Golden Age pass. There is a restroom available in the parking lot at Conner’s Camp.

Hike Details

  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Elevation gain: 1537 ft. (starts at 2560 ft. and goes to summit at 4,097 ft.)
  • Difficulty: Moderate but altitude may make this strenuous for some.
  • Hike Time: 4 ½ hours
  • Trail Condition: forest trail with some rocks in the Siuslaw National Forest
  • Hike Type: out and back with small loop near summit. Lunch is planned at the Observation Point (about 300 ft. below the summit). Restroom is available at Observation Point.
  • Description: This is a wonderful nice weather day hike. It offers stunning views at the summit and the forest trail goes through stands of Douglas and Noble firs. Most of the terrain above 3000 ft has been designated as a Scenic Botanical Special Interest Area. Mary’s Peak is the highest in the Coastal range at just over 4,000 ft and on a good day the Oregon Coast and Cascade Mountains can be seen for miles. 
    • It may be windy and cold compared to the valley so bring appropriate clothing – hat, gloves, warm layer, rain jacket and lunch. Some may wish to use a hiking pole and wear hiking boots.

Working Dog Points 75

Oak Hill to Dimple Hill (alternate) Moderate Hike – 7 miles, 1000 ft gain

(wet/cloudy weather option)

Driving Directions: (19 miles, 35 minute drive) Head west onto Knox Butte Rd E past Interstate 5 onto Pacific Blvd SE/OR-99E. Merge 1 mile later onto US – 20W toward Corvallis (9 miles). In Corvallis, turn right (west) onto NW Harrison. Follow Harrison through town (2.8 miles) to NW Oak Creek Dr. Drive straight through the intersection and continue 2 miles to the junction with Cardwell Hill Dr. Veer right and follow Oak Creek Dr for 1 more mile to the gate at the end of the road (8600 NW Oak Creek Dr, Corvallis, OR). Park near the gate or along the end of the road. There may be a portable restroom at the trailhead, but no guarantees.

Meet at 8 am

Hike details

  • Distance: 7 miles
  • Elevation gain: 1000 ft (from 500 ft to 1500 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Hike Time: 4 ½ hours
  • Trail Surface: gravel road
  • Hike Type: out and back
  • Description: Gravel access road runs through an attractive forest to an open knoll with valley views.  Bring warm jacket, rain jacket, hat, gloves and lunch.

Fee: none

Working dog points: 80



Pack Hike Chair: Ann Brown 503-697-3876 (Home) and 503-784-2909 (Cell)

Assistants: Carolyn Peterson and Tina Holmes

More detailed information for participants will be emailed later including maps of the hikes, Working Dog Forms and a gear list for persons and dog packs.

Do not use slip (show) collars and dogs need to be on a six foot leash (no flexi leads).