Dan's Trail

MODERATE 73 reviews
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Dan's Trail is a 6.8 mile out and back trail located near Corvallis, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,479 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

wildlife

This is a fun trail to do after you get out of work if you live in Corvallis as it can be done in about an hour if you are in good shape. You will also have the option if you have more time and energy to continue on Dan's trail to the top of Dimple Hill.

3 days ago

Well maintained trail. Slightly steep switchback turns closer to the summit at Dimple Hill. Very shady for most of trail. Gorgeous views of Corvallis and Philomath.

trail running
1 month ago

Enjoyable trail run. The clearcuts were unfortunate though!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was awesome. I loved the view at the end and would definitely recommend. Plus, you are under cover for a fair amount of time in forest so it isn’t too bad on a hot day. Just make sure you bring lots of water!

5 months ago

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

hiking
6 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.

hiking
6 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.

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
10 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.

11 months ago

Always a fun ride!

Friday, October 21, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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)

hiking
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.

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