Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Chip Ross City Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It’s my favorite local long trail. On a nice day the view is fairly pretty, but don’t go on a popular day.

3 months ago

I had a great time, but did way more miles than marked, due to getting lost both going up and coming back down. Good work out and hardly anybody else on the trail on a Tuesday.

3 months ago

I enjoy this trail very much. I usually head down the face of dimple hill when I get there and make my way to Oak Creek gate then back the way I came to make it a longer sustained hike.

3 months ago

Nice trail, but a bit muddy at the start on the day we hiked. Great view at the top from Dimple Hill.

4 months ago

Great Trail!! Super easy as long as you got the legs to go uphill. Had the dogs off leash most of the time. The only bad thing about that is bikers zooming down hill, but only had it happen once or twice the whole trail. Great view of Corvallis at the top!! Went in December and the beginning is super muddy for about 1/2 a mile.

Bring good company

Perfect for a quick hike in the Woods. Easy and pleasant.

5 months ago

Nice hike with nice scenery. Quite a few people run the trail.

6 months ago

decent short stroll

7 months ago

The parking at the trail head is very poor, please drive carefully in the very loose gravel (I drive a 4X4 and still had issues). As it starts, the views are not great, not is the area all that scenic, but give it some time. Once the trail enters the McDonald Forest, it gets greener and picturesque. The trail itself is wide and well worn, and it easily handles multiple uses (hiking, biking, jogging, horse riding). The final view at the top of Dimple Hill is a majestic scene of the northern areas of Corvallis. I plan on returning to this trail again.

Always a fun ride!

Love Chip Ross...when it's not muddy!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Starting and ending from Chip Ross park was hellish this time of year. The so called road leading to the actual trail is a slushy, muddy nightmare that has been over hammered by hikers and mountain bikers. Definitely needs to be graded and gravelled.

Other than that this was a great hike! Pretty well marked at the various intersections, not abominable for ascent or descent due to the switchbacks. Quite a lovely view from Dimple Hill even with all the fog and sleet. Kind of an icy winter wonderland. Trails are well managed and are gravel bedded in a plastic honeycomb matrix to prevent erosion. Dog friendly hike in a wonderful part of the state.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A pleasant hike! Great workout and lovely views at the top.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

there was a cougar

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Love this one, great views and mixed terrain.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Well maintained trail. Not hard, and the complete trail as given on the map should only take an hour. Tennis shoes should be adequate, unless it's been raining. 90% of the trail is shady and covered by trees. Dog/Horse friendly.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Good hike
Not hard.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I tend to hike this starting from the Chip Ross parking lot. The first 2/3 of the trail are fairly easy, with a little bit of hill up and downs but overall pretty flat and downhill. The last third, at Upper Dan's is very steep: definitely the hardest part of the trail and takes the most time. On the way back, you have to go uphill on some of the earlier Dan trail, which is tough after the steepness of Upper Dan's but not bad. Beautiful trail.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Good. Had some steep inclines (lower horse trail). People were running the paths (crazy), I will feel the burn tomorrow. Beautiful and easy to follow trails.

One negative were no porta-potties at the parking site or anywhere on the paths. We went above the Chip Ross path (recommend).

Friday, February 19, 2016

Great hike on President's Day 2016. We were the first one's on the trail starting just after 7 a.m. Its a quiet hike through old growth forest with gradual climbs and descents until reaching the base of Dimple Hill then its a series of zig-zags up to the top. You'll suddenly emerge out of the forest on the crown of the hill with beautiful views. Note: the first mile on the Chip Ross Park trail is extremely muddy this time of year. The actual Dan's trail on the McDonald Dunn Forest is just fine. The moderate rating is appropriate though nothing technical. Take the time to rest along the way as there are several sites (a water fall, creek, pools, etc.) to enjoy.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Great hike! Lots of trees! Beautiful view of Corvallis!

Monday, August 24, 2015

The view from the top is worth it! Beautiful in winter, spring, and early summer- can be a little dry by late summer/fall.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Not the most "beautiful" trail around but a very "nice" one with a healthy 8.2 miles out and back.
Once at the top, there are South-East views over the valley toward and the Coastal Range that constitute a bit of a reward after a slightly demanding ascent.

The first two miles ( from the Chip Ross parking lot at the end of NW Lester Av) are a modest roller-coaster of ups and downs, half of it at the southern edge of the Chip Ross Park itself. There are many intersecting trails in that area and a bit of attention (or good plannin/map reading) will help not taking the wrong turn by lack of attention. The usual "you are here" maps of the Chip Ross Park do help. This first mile is mostly fire-road easy and acts as a good warm up for the rest of the trail. The second mile (lower Dan Trail to RD612.4., shortly after the Jackson creek crossing over a wooden bridge) fist crosses a set of power lines offering rare clears view to the North, and then dips down -- as a single track trail -- before climbing slowly back up to the Jackson Creek wooden bridge and the four-way crossing at the junction with RD612.4.

At this intersection, the Upper Dan's Trail / Dimple HIll section starts. That second section to the summit is a little bit steeper and fairly constantly going up in a series of switchback. The forested views are also more to my liking (subjective opinion of course). At the top, a short trail (.5 miles) rounds the summit of Dimple HIll and a couple wooden benches, oriented to take in the views over the lower Willamette Valley, are a great spot to take a break. The .2 miles connector named "Into the Wardrobe" bisect the summit loop itself and provides access to the very top of Dimple Hill.

Overall, a good place to "get away" and do something good for your health (hiking, trail-running, biking or horseback riding)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Parking at this trailhead is no longer permitted. It's heavily posted with signage that specifies access to the Jackson Creek Gate is only allowed by foot or non-motorized vehicle. All vehicles should now park at Chip Ross.

Starting from Chip Ross will make this trip 5.42 miles and give you 1,079 ft in elevation gain. See my Track for the quickest way to get on Horse Trail from Chip Ross.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

very nice way to the top - nice plaques of remembrances of others at each bench up on top of hill - great views up there ...nice options of trails into mcdonald dunn forest on the west side...very nice.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NOTE: Parking is no longer allowed at the gate at the west-end of NW Jackson Creek Rd. As of late 2013 ample signage explains that parking for these trails is permitted only at nearby Chip Ross Park. (Due to road maintenance and parking-area costs borne by nearby residents.)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Beautiful hike with a nice view at the top. There is benches along the way and picnic tables, so bring a lunch or a snack. Don't wear your nicest sneakers cause its muddy but it's fun!

Friday, December 07, 2012

Dan's trail is a nice warm up trail for lower elevation hikes in the valley. Though the guides of this trail call it "difficult" I would consider it a 6.5 out of 10 for difficulty. It starts out really easy coming from Chip Ross Park, and continues to gain in moderation through the lower Dan trail. It becomes more difficult for the last switch-back portion of the upper Dan trail. The total hiking time for me (going pretty fast) was 2.5-2.75 hours.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I really enjoyed the hike. Lots of birds on the southern side of the hill and great vistas from the top. I would rate the hike as a great relaxing hike.

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