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Chip Ross Horse Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Corvallis, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 830 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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From the orange gate follow Jackson Creek approximately 1/2 mile then take a right onto a single track trail that is graveled. This is Horse Trail. Climb a steep open area into the trees and then continue climb following the switch backs through the forest. About 1/2 way up you will cross the 612.4 dirt road and the trail will be marked on the other side. The trail continues to switch back till your reach the 600 or Patterson Road (gravel). This is where the trail ends and this is your turn around point. There is another trail on the other side of the road that continues to the top of hill, but this last part is not an approved trail by OSU Forestry Department. This trail can be muddy in the winter and early spring.

Oregon State University Department of Forestry

From Corvallis take HWY 99 W north to Walnut Blvd and take a left. Take a right onto Highland Dr. At the bottom of the hill take a left on Crescent Valley Drive. The road bends right then left at the baseball field. At the end of this straight stretch as the road bends right, go straight up the gravel road which is Jackson Creek. It is maked private, but you can drive on it. This road ends at an Orange gate into MacDonald Forest. This is your traihead. There is a 3 car parking lot/turn around at the gate.

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Mossy O.
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I like this trail alot. I always include it with Dan's trail to make it a longer sustained workout. And The view at the top og Dimple hill is worth it

Mike Hardy
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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.

Steve Meyer
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Heidi Dunbar Scovel
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Julia Drizin
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Zachary Gottlieb
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Shane Brown
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Mandy H.
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Kaitlin Crosby
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Lisa Malo
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