Magness Memorial Tree Farm is a lovely place for running trails. The number of trails is small and the total distance of trails is only about 5 miles, but these trails have a bite to them.
Located in the Chehalam Mountains between Newberg, Sherwood, and Wilsonville, the farm runs on both sides of Corral Creek. It is a former logging operation that was donated to the World Forestry Center.
The trails rise up onto wooded hills on either side of the creek, sometimes steeply, so be prepared to do a lot of climbing and descending. There is a paved half mile interpretive trail loop that is the exception to this.
A good 5 mile route starts in the parking lot and follows the Forester Tour and Woods Tour trails to the Heater Trail. The Heater Trail is 1.1 miles but just an out and back. Then run the paved Nagel loop to end up near the parking lot. You will have two major climbs, and Heater trail is mostly gradual uphill on the way out.
Note that Heater Trail crosses a gravel road and continues alongside the creek. You are asked not to run on the gravel road as it is private property.
One of the best aspects of the Magness Memorial Tree Farm is that the trails are, for the most part, in excellent shape all year. Even in the dead of winter the paths are rarely muddy, except for a short section along the Heater Trail.
In the summer even the warmest day is cooler here, where you are deep in the woods and alongside cold water for much of the run.
Click here to visit the tree farm’s website for directions and more information about this park. You won’t regret the drive, and you will get a great workout!