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Airport Park Loop Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The mushroom house, Galen McBee Airport Park, McMinnville (bobcat)
Footbridge on the outer loop, Airport Park (bobcat)
One of Sam Gandusa's fountains, Airport Park (bobcat)
The two loops at Galen McBee Airport Park (bobcat)
  • Start point: Airport Park TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End Point: Mushroom House
  • Trail Log:
  • Hike Type: Two loops
  • Distance: 1.4 miles
  • Elevation gain: 30 feet
  • High Point: 150 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: All year
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No
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Description

This small woodland next to the McMinnville Municipal Airport was dedicated as a park in 1977. Galen McBee, director of McMinnville’s Parks and Recreation Department as well as its airport, used a CETA grant to hire a crew to build two loop trails around the property. Sam Gandusa, a local sculptor, installed several decorative concrete fountains and a whimsical “mushroom house.” The fountains no longer work, but you can enjoy a short stroll around the 20-acre park on both sides of a tributary of the South Yamhill River. The woods bloom with trillium, toothwort, and woods violet in the spring, and an added bonus - for some - is the occasional activity at the adjoining airfield.

Take the trail leading into the woods to the left of the port-a-potty at the top of the parking lot. You’ll pass a picnic table and the first of Sam Gandusa’s fountains. Keep right under a canopy of white oak, Douglas-fir, and big-leaf maple. At a junction marked by a post, go left and drop to cross a wide footbridge over a creek. Reach the Mushroom House with its mossy cap, and bear right past another fountain to join the outer loop again at a fancy fountain inlaid with oyster shells.

Make a right, and pass a small fenced enclosure that protects a patch of Pacific hound’s tongue (Cynoglossum grande). Pass through a dense thicket next to the airport, and wind around past some spurs that lead out to the airfield. Then you’ll note a grass field and enter a Douglas-fir/maple wood. Cross a footbridge over the creek, and walk by a big Douglas-fir next to a bench. Reach the junction for the short loop again, and make a right.

Retrace your steps over the creek to the Mushroom House and to the junction with the outer loop. Go left to take a sturdy footbridge over the creek and return to your car.


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  • Port-a-potty, picnic tables
  • Dogs on leash

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