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The beauty of a small town like Corvallis is that you can go
from an urban environment to wilderness with less than an hour walks. A beautiful
demonstration of this partnership between humans and nature is the walk from
the Oregon State University (OSU) campus to Bald Hill.
Walking to Bald Hill
Begin by parking at the OSU lot at Monroe and 14th
Street. The lot is free on the weekends, but you need a permit during the
weekdays. You can also look for parking in the surrounding neighborhood.
From the lot, cross over 14th Avenue
and proceed down Campus Way on the other side of 14th Ave.
The road takes you through the heart of the OSU campus. The university was
initially founded 1856 as the Corvallis Academy to train school teachers. The
school’s name has changed several times before becoming Oregon State University
After crossing 35th Street, the road
passes by some barns and changes to a walking trail through the OSU research
fields. This area provides spectacular views of the Oregon Coast Range and the
farm animals kept by the university.
After 53rd Street, cross over to the
Benton County Fair Grounds. The trail passes by the fairgrounds to a hedge that
borders the meadows around Bald Hill. At the hedge, the trail changes from
Campus Way to the Midge Cramer Path.
Take the Midge Cramer Path until you reach a
T-intersection. From here you have two options:
The shortest path to the top of Bald Hill is to
the left and up the first trail on the right
For restrooms and a shelter turn right.
The Bald Hill Natural Area has several path’s through its
forests and meadows. Take your time to explore the area and enjoy the scenery.
Route back to OSU
To return to OSU, take the Midge Cramer Path and
follow it back to Campus Way.
At 26th Ave turn right. This will
take you past several notable campus landmarks:
Memorial Union and its quad
Turn left at Jefferson Street and follow the
road until you reach 14th Street.
At 14th Street turn left and follow
the road back to the parking lot.
Places to Find Food and Drink
Has a coffee shop and cafeteria that is open to
the public during the academic term.
This road on the north side of OSU has several
restaurants and cafes, including: