Intensive Management Trail
- Trail System: Calloway Creek
- Trailhead(s): 547 Gate (Get Directions), 540 Gate (Get Directions), Intensive Management Trailhead (Get Directions), Intensive Management Toilet (Get Directions), 547 Gate (Get Directions), 540 Gate (Get Directions), Intensive Management Trailhead (Get Directions), Intensive Management Toilet (Get Directions)
- Season: Year-round hikers, open only April 15-October 31 for mountain bikers
- Hours: Daylight
The Calloway Creek Trail Area explores the forested land to the north of the Peavy Arboretum and includes the Intensive Management Trail, Calloway Creek Trail and the 540-547 Connector Trail. These trails provide access between Peavy Arboretum, Cronemiller Lake, and parking areas on the 540 and 547 roads and are very popular routes for trail runners. Because Calloway Creek and Intensive Management Trails are closed seasonally to bicycles and year-round to equestrians, the 540-547 Connector Trail was created to allow horse riders and mountain bikers to bypass these trails to access the rest of the McDonald Forest any time of year.
The Intensive Management Trail can be accessed from the parking lot located northwest of Peavy Lodge in Peavy Arboretum. This trail is open to hikers year-round and is open to mountain bikes between April 15th and October 31st. Intensive Management Trail is not open to equestrians. During the winter months this trail can become saturated and muddy. Intensive Management Trail passes through an area of McDonald Forest managed as mature forest for many types of wildlife to call home. Some tree species grown within this area are harvested to produce wood products used for building materials.Intensive Management Trail is a one mile loop with a 26 foot gain in elevation that provides a wonderful learning opportunity regarding the effects of forest management. Interpretative signs describing each management choice and its effects are located along the trail. Visitors are able to travel this loop and see firsthand how a forest responds to different management techniques. Douglas-fir, Pacific madrone, and ponderosa pine can be seen along this trail. Journey out to Intensive Management Trail and learn about forest research and management techniques while enjoying a hike! A self-guided tour is available for visitors to use in learning about intensive management practices on this trail, and can be accessed by following this link: http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/intensive-management-trail
Trail description by: Oregon State University College of Forestry