Summary: MacDonald Research Forest is located northwest of Corvallis Oregon. It is a 7,000 acre forest that is used for research endeavors by Oregon State University.
I chose to start Dan's Trail at the orange gate access area west of CV High School. The official trailhead begins at Chip Ross Park.
There are many trails to follow within this forest. It can by used by horses, mountain bikers, and hikers. But is limited to only hiking in the winter months from Oct 15 to Apr 15 due to muddy conditions. Dan's Trail is a trail that was dedicated to Dan Petrequin in 1994. The trail offers beautiful views of the Willamette Valley at the top of Dimple Hill. The trail flows through a rich and dense forest, and you may be lucky enough to see deer or elk. There are cougar warning signs posted.
Trailhead: Dan's Trail officially begins at Chip Ross Park which is located by traveling north on Lewisburg Road off of Hwy 99 north of Corvallis. Turn left on Highland Drive, travel past Crescent Valley High School, at the top of the hill turn right on Lester Avenue. Chip Ross Park is at the very end of this road.
Trail Guides for MacDonald Forest - Dans Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: http://www.cof.orst.edu/resfor. Trail and Road Conditions call 541-737-4434
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Shawn Griebel, who has posted 2 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Frank on 11/4/2012
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Reviewed by DC on 9/8/2010
Trail is in great shape and is maintained well. I will certainly hike it again.
Reviewed by Viewer on 5/21/2009
One of my favorite places to go. Another really good trail up there is the extendo trail.
Reviewed by BoggyWoggy on 9/1/2008
We have loved this trail for years. 10 years ago, I was a regular mountain biker and about XX pounds lighter. This summer I'm back on the bike and working toward change. We started at the Lewisburg Saddle, rode up to Dimple Hill, and then Upper Dan's Trail, over Chip Ross and back into Corvallis. Absolutely PERFECT Oregon day...65 degrees with light sprinkles and breeze. It's Labor Day Weekend and we couldn't have asked for a better day!
Reviewed by RT on 6/8/2007
About a half-mile from the Chip Ross parking to Dan's Trail. From there about 1 mile to Jackson Creek - where Dan's meets up with the gravel road. Very beautiful in early June, trail in excellent shape. Hills are easy in most places. Saw some poison oak, but was off the trail. Highly recommended !!!
Reviewed by Matthew on 6/2/2007
I'm just starting to mountain bike and I found this trail to be quite challenging but very fun!
Reviewed by James Mater on 11/22/2005
I like to jog the trail and ususally start at a trailhead on NW Honeysuckle (northern most section). It's one of the best jogging trails in the state and I jog all of the Washington Park trails. I'm dismayed to see it is only 5 miles to the top of Dimple Hill and back since it takes 60-70 minutes to make the run up and back and feels more like 7-8 miles. I suspect starting at Honeysuckle adds 1-2 miles.
Reviewed by AH on 7/25/2005
We went with 2 children and did most of this one. I'd have to say we got a great workout, but weren't too tired at the end. The children didn't even whine. We want to go back to finish the whole thing. This coming from new hikers.
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