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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.

Length 6.8 mi Elevation gain 1,479 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Wildlife

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Getting There

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.

From Walnut Blvd in North Corvallis, OR head north on 29th street and follow the road up the hill to where it ends. Park anywhere on the side of the road but be courteous as there are properties up there. Don't block driveways, etc.

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Reviews (163)
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Recordings (153)
Completed (411)
Candice Dixson
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HikingOff trailOver grownPrivate property

Do not veer off the main trail. Lots of poison oak and ivy. We took a wrong turn and went on an old overgrown trail with poisonous plants and muddy old creek bed.

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Bailey Meyers
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Hiking

Was a little bit difficult to find but once we did it was worth it. Pretty shaded but overall a very well maintained trail and has a great balance of uphill and downhill! Perfect for dogs and even horses!

Sam R
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HikingMuddy

Really great trail! Lots of cover from the trees, although be prepared for some muddy spots. Lots of other people on the trail, but not crowded. Beautiful views at the top. No bathroom at the trailhead.

Bryce W
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Hiking

It was a great trail, a few off trails but when following the main trail goes to a logging road and it’s a little difficult to find the trail again. Going straight to the top of the hill gave an amazing view though

Jesse Newhouse
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Hiking

Hike up to Dimple Hill from Timberhill breaking in backpacking gear.

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Lani Radtke
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HikingMuddy
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Jocelyn Darshana
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HikingMuddy

It's a bit muddy right now, but a gorgeous hike with some good uphill challenge.

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Robin Brandt
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HikingMuddy

We headed in the direction of Dans trail and got a nice walk. Muddy at this time of year returning via Vieyard.

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Jennifer Sciog
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Debra Carriere Corvallis
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Hiking

Staple repeat workout with reward of old growth and Dimple Hill top views. Even better when you have time to add and someone is willing to pick you up at Oak Creek and run you back to the start point at Chip Ross to pick up your car.

Tammie Neve
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I love this hike. Good work out and the trails are well maintained. I only saw one person towards the top of Dimple Hill... so, very serene trip.

Alecia Pitt
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Running

Perfect for a 90-120 minute trail run after work. There's plenty of shade if you stick to the trails (not the gravel roads), and there's a stream about half way that you can cool off in if you can climb down the muddy embankment to it. The trail is very well-maintained and easy to run on, as you'd expect when in a forest maintained by forestry students. The view from the top of Dimple Hill was great! I could see Corvallis, the surrounding hills, and into the valley. If you have the energy at the end or would prefer a shorter route to a view, I recommend going up and around the Main Chip Ross Loop which also has a great view at the top, similar to Dimple Hill, but with views of some snowy mountains in the Cascades (not sure which ones, maybe Mt. Jefferson). This added maybe another 0.5 to 1 mile onto my route, but was worth it for me! NOTE: sometimes different roads can get closed for timber harvesting, so keep that in mind if you try to take a different route. Here's more information: https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/recreation/current-activities

Tammi Hergert
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Hiking

Half trail on a hot day. Out of shape and feeling it. Not much shade, somewhat steep, but pretty views and a great trail.

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Monique Jones
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Hiking

Good hike and nice view on the top of dimple hill.

Samantha Shew
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Hiking

Great hike! Very well maintained trails. Can be used for a variety of activities - hiking, trail running, horseback riding, and bicycling. Most of the hike is in a wooded/shady and there is a beautiful vista at the top of Dimple Hill.

Mossy O.
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Hiking

Hiked this on 3-16 with my 8 year old daughter. It was a great hike and very well maintained trail. The view at Dimple hill was amazing as always. Always a great place to stop relax and have lunch. We opted to return via Patterson 600 to upper Horse trail to lower Horse trail. My legs are feeling the burn today but was well worth it !

Heather Fischer
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One the best hikes in Corvallis, good workout for a Sunday afternoon

Michael Hughes
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Walking

We (wife, dog, me) walked the first part of this trail late afternoon on a Friday in mid October. Spectacular views, good climb, and we encountered no other walkers. We'll definitely do it again and try some of the other trail options.

Anna Clink
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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.

J Kirkwood
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Running

Enjoyable trail run. The clearcuts were unfortunate though!

Carly Fister
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Hiking

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!

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

Brian McBee
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Hiking

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.

Mossy O.
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Hiking

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.

Stephen Cox
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Hiking

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

Rachael Macdonald
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Hiking

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.

nic larue
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Hiking

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

Heath Henry
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Hiking

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.

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