Trail Run Project Logo

Forest Road 600 (Patterson Rd.)

Easy
 3.0 (2)

One of the main roads that travels through the OSU college forest.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

5.3

Miles

8.5

KM

91%

Runnable

1,383' 421 m

High

508' 155 m

Low

517' 158 m

Up

990' 302 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Fall Colors · Wildlife

Because this is an active research forest keep an eye out for road closures. When they are hauling logs out of here you don't want to be in the way.

Runner Notes

This road connects the Lewisburg Saddle and Oak Creek trail heads. Many subsidiary trails and roads branch off of Patterson. The footing is generally good, although there can be some sections of loose gravel. If they have been doing any forest work recently the roads can be a bit rough from the tracked machines.

Description

From the Lewisburg Saddle parking area, Patterson/600 Rd leaves from the west side of the road. There are two gravel roads that branch almost immediately, Patterson on the right and the 610 Rd. on the left. Also shortly after the Y in the road is the start of the Ridgeline Trail off to the right.

The road gradually climbs through the forest for the next 2/3rds of a mile until it meets the Ridgeline trail and the 620 Rd spur on the right. Soon after, the 640 Rd also leaves to the right. The 640 and 620 road spurs both offer access to the unofficial trail network known as the Maze to runners and the Beehive to bikers. The road now flattens out and after a gentle curve to the right you should see a sign for the Upper Horse Trail on the right and the trail cutting away sharply on the left (~1.3 miles).

The mellow climbing continues until about mile 2 where you reach the pass between Lewisburg Saddle and Oak Creek. Here Patterson Rd continues slightly to the right and downhill, the 650 Rd that leads to the top of Dimple Hill is off to the left and the 660 Rd Spur is off to the right along with a faint singletrack known as the Hydra/ Beautiful Trail. From this high point, the trail is all downhill or flat to Oak Creek Trail. Over the next mile or so the road curves from NW to north and is a constant grade down hill. At about three miles, there is a sharp turn to the left followed by another slightly less sharp turn. On the outside of this second turn is an often overgrown spur trail that connects into the trail network know as the Maze.

At about 3.5 miles, you pass the 680 Rd which leads uphill to the top of Extendo and connects to roads from the Soap Creek Trailhead. Continuing downhill, at about 4.75 miles the 6020 Rd branches off to the West leading to the end of the Extendo Trail and the Uproute Trail. Now flat Patterson Rd continues to the Oak Creek trailhead passing a closed road to the East that can be connected into trails to the top of Dimple Hill. Cruise to the gate and the end of Patterson/600 Rd.

Flora & Fauna

Douglas Firs, Western Red Cedar, Ferns, Poison Oak and Cougars (you won't likely see them, but they are out there).

Contacts

Shared By:

Ty Atwater

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 2 votes

#22683

Overall
  3.0 from 2 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
100%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#748

in Oregon

#22,683

Overall
4 Views Last Month
550 Since Aug 5, 2015
Easy

100%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

Oak Creek Trailhead
Aug 3, 2015 near Philomath, OR

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

none