Oak Creek to Dimple Hill

MODERATE 9 reviews

Oak Creek to Dimple Hill is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Corvallis, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1125 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

views

muddy

Logging road up to the top of Dimple Hill. This is a more gradual route up to the top of Dimple. Once near the top, you meet up with a single track trail and it's only a short bit at that point. This is an out and back from Oak Creek. About a 30-35 min. climb running, but goes a lot faster on the way down! A great route to Dimple and not as muddy as other trails. Just like much of the McDonald forest, you are surrounded by old growth, mossy trees, ferns and wildlife along the way. Especially in the winter the streams are running high with water.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful veiw from the top of Dimple hill.

mountain biking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

What trail to take on the hike is a bit confusing. We started off on the marked trail on the left and went up. It was a beautiful hike up a hill in a forest setting, but ended at a dead stop with forest in front of us. Next time we plan to try the trail/road that is straight from where you park maybe that leads to the top view in the shown pictures? It was still a nice incline in a beautiful setting. Dogs are allowed off lease and when we went (early April) we only saw a few other couples hiking it.

hiking
6 months ago

9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Wonderful hike. Ideal for running. Great view on top. Been doing this route for 10 years and never run into a problematic dog that needed to be Mace'd, as suggested.

hiking
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Super easy, and pretty! Kind of confusing on which road to take once you start walking, but it all ends up at the same spot!

hiking
Thursday, October 17, 2013

As the Overview states, this is a much-used road to the top of Dimple HIll. It's longer than Patterson so it's a bit more challenging on foot and on bike, and there are some steep sections. It's just a nice longer hike for some great views most of the year when it's not raining.

This is a great hike to do in the middle of summer when it's hot in the valley and you want to get away from the sun and heat. The trees provide shade and cool the air a lot.

In the spring, this is where we hike to see small waterfalls and wildflowers, esp. orchids. In the fall is't nice because there are lots of maple losing their leaves so the walk is magical.

Caution: LOTS of people walk with dogs off leash and many of the dogs are NOT well mannered. If your dog does not do well around such dogs be prepared to fend off nosey dogs or even to defend your dog with your feet or Mace. There are plenty of dog owners with fewer wits than their dogs and many end up on this road.

Also, this is a favorite cross bike and mtn. bike road so beware of fast bikes descending.