4,209 ft
277 ft
-155 ft
Avg time

Lower Dan's Details

  • Riding Area
    McDonald Forest
    Corvallis, Oregon
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Gravel Path
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ride in Rain
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

Official multi-use bidirectional gravel trail. The trail is open year-round to bikes as well as equestrian and pedestrian traffic. Bikes are required by OSU to yield to all other users.

One of the longest continuous trails in the McDonald Forest system when combined with the upper sections. When coming off of Dimple Hill and heading towards Chip Ross Park, this segment is predominantly a climb up and around a ridge and through a power line clear cut. Be aware of other trail users potentially behind every blind corner. Both this and Horse Trail can be crowded.

Trail is often covered with wet, decomposing, crushed organic slurry that make it sloppy to ride in winter, but the gravel tread will hold up to the abuse and your tires will do no harm to anything other than making you and your bike a mess.

Access Info

The top of this trail starts at the bottom of Middle Dan's. Access both ends of this trail from different parts of the 612 road. Additional gravel connectors lead off this trail to Chip Ross Park and to Jackson Creek Drive, providing connectivity to the bottom of Lower Horse.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Lower Dan's bike trail
  • Altitude change
    122 ft
  • Altitude min
    537 ft
  • Altitude max
    713 ft
  • Altitude start
    540 ft
  • Altitude end
    662 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,407 ft
  • Distance down
    1,641 ft
  • Distance flat
    160 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Oct 28, 2018
Avg: 3.5 (4 votes)

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Trail Style
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Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to lower-dan-s trailhead (44.612193, -123.295400)
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Lower Dan's Trail Reports

Oct 28, 2018 @ 5:14pm
Oct 28, 2018
reporter Damp but not wet, no standing water. Slippery leaves and needles on the trail.
Jul 15, 2018 @ 8:28am
Jul 15, 2018
reporter Dry. Ok.
Apr 19, 2018 @ 10:01am
Apr 19, 2018
reporter Wet, sloppy, standing water.
Apr 14, 2018 @ 10:20am
Apr 14, 2018
reporter Wet, sloppy, standing water.
Mar 28, 2018 @ 2:07pm
Mar 28, 2018
reporter Ok.
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