Monday, March 30, 2020
Chip Ross Park in Corvallis is still open for the moment....
Went for a hike yesterday up at Chip Ross Park It's on the north side of Corvallis up at the top of Lester Avenue off Highland Drive. During the shut down for the coronavirus it is still open, for now, until further steps are needed. It's been raining the last few days so there were only three or four other groups in the park at the time we went that we saw. Everyone seems to be aware of maintaining social distancing so for now it seems to be a safe place to get out of the house and get a little exercise.
It's a nice little hike, the loop from the parking lot is just a bit over a mile and a half with an elevation uphill change of roughly a bit over 350 feet over the course of the hike. Under normal circumstances there is a trail available on the backside that gives you the ability to go all over the McDonald and Dunn forests, but they're shut down right now so it's been taped off and shut down.
Here's a view from the top it provides a great view of Corvallis. The oak trees are just starting to bud out, in a few weeks it'll be nice and green up there.