3,612 ft
Distance
-458 ft
Descent
00:03:01
Avg time

Lower Horse Details

  • Riding area
    McDonald Forest
    Corvallis, Oregon
  • Difficulty rating
    Green
  • Trail type
    Gravel Path
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • 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.

The upper half of the trail has a few relatively steep switchbacks, some of which have exposed roots on the uphill side that adds a little bit of challenge. The lower half is primarily a straight and somewhat steep and loose climb or descent down through a meadow to Jackson Creek.

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. Be aware of other forest users at all times; as this and Dan's Trail can be crowded.

Access Info

Access the top of this trail from the bottom of Upper Horse where it meets the 612.4 road. Spurs also lead off this trail to the 610 road. Access the bottom of this trail from Jackson Creek Drive, from which a short spur leads to Lower Dan's.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Lower Horse mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -459 ft
  • Altitude min
    467 ft
  • Altitude max
    926 ft
  • Altitude start
    926 ft
  • Altitude end
    467 ft
  • Grade
    -12.703%
  • Grade max
    -47.862%
  • Grade min
    -0.164%
  • Distance down
    3,339 ft
  • Distance flat
    273 ft
  • Avg time
    00:03:01
  • Avg reverse time
    00:09:52
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Status:
on Oct 18, 2017
Dry
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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Lower Horse Trail Reports

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Oct 18, 2017 @ 2:18pm
Oct 18, 2017
reporter Dry, for now. Rain is coming!
Jun 11, 2017 @ 4:11pm
Jun 11, 2017
Dry. Riding fine.
May 6, 2017 @ 3:04pm
May 6, 2017
Dry. OSU Research Forests recently repaired the rutted and mud-covered lower sections with drainage work and freshly-packed gravel.
Feb 11, 2017 @ 3:17pm
Feb 11, 2017
Wet, washed out, sloppy. If it ain't a mess, it'll do until the mess gets here.
Dec 11, 2016 @ 7:28am
Dec 11, 2016
Wet. Standing water. Loose/washed-out gravel at the bottom.
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