Horse and Dans Trail Loop is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Corvallis, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Old growth forest hikebike fire roads and single track At the parking lot take the west road past the orange gate (across the street from the parking lot) which is Patterson Road (or 600) which is a gravel fire road (up hill). About 1.3 miles on the left you'll see a marker identifying "Horse Trail" (upper). This is a single track maintained trail that takes you down through the old growth. You will come out ont he 610 fire road, take a right on this road and follow it to the junction of 612.4 where you'll see a marker for the upper part of Dan's Trail on your right. This is a maintained single-track trail that takes you back up the hill towards the summit of Dimple Hill. At the top is a fork, going left takes you a short distance to the Dimple Hill summit and Dan's Memorial meeting the 650 road. Going right bypasses the summit and takes you to a short distance where you also pick up the 650 road, and a short distance back to the 600 road. Go right at the junction on the 600 which will take you back to the parking lot
Great trail right outside of Corvallis, for biking and hiking!
Great rides on a bike. Many ways to access the trails. You can enter at the end of 29th Street, at the end off Lester Ave. (riding over Chip Ross Park and then down into the woods)., or from forest roads starting at the Oak Creek Station or Sulfur Spring Road.
You can bike from anywhere in Corvallis if you want to avoid using a car, if you have a car.
These are all weather trails very nicely maintained and almost too groomed. A lot of the roots and snags and rocks and "hard stuff" have been removed so it's not that difficult a climb. As a result, the descent can be very fast.
Dan's Trail goes from Chip Ross Part to the top of Dimple Hill and is a nice ride for an afternoon.
Horse Trail Loop is a rigorous loop that starts at the intersection of the road from the backside of Crescent Valley High loop, and Upper Dan's Trail. Parts of Horse Trail are forest road with pretty rough crushed rock. Parts of Horse Trail are well mannered single track up some sinuous and steep sections. Together, these make for a nice long ride over a variety of surfaces.
Take water and food as you'll want to replenish your energy stores several times along the way.