3,612 ft
-458 ft
Avg time

Lower Horse 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.

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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -459 ft
  • Altitude min
    467 ft
  • Altitude max
    926 ft
  • Altitude start
    926 ft
  • Altitude end
    467 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance down
    3,339 ft
  • Distance flat
    273 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Oct 28, 2018
Avg: 3 (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-horse trailhead (44.618730, -123.298930)
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Lower Horse Trail Reports

Oct 28, 2018 @ 2:53pm
Oct 28, 2018
reporter Loose at the bottom, damp towards the top. Slippery leaves and needlecast.
Oct 16, 2018 @ 5:18pm
Oct 16, 2018
Jul 15, 2018 @ 8:28am
Jul 15, 2018
reporter Dry and loose, especially on the bottom.
Apr 14, 2018 @ 10:20am
Apr 14, 2018
reporter Wet, sloppy, standing water.
Mar 28, 2018 @ 2:07pm
Mar 28, 2018
reporter Organic top layer torn up by horses but otherwise riding fine.
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