2 miles
117 ft
-887 ft
Avg time

Upper 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 its middle and lower counterparts. Long straight sections interrupted by open off-camber switchback corners. Mostly open sight lines that encourage high speeds, but 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

Top of the trail is right next to an informational placard on a rock atop Dimple Hill, at the end of the 650 road. After a short spur bridges to a lower portion of the 650 road where it intersects Patterson and the 660 road, the trail continues all the way down to the 612.4 road where it meets Middle Dan's.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Upper Dan's mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -769 ft
  • Altitude min
    710 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,479 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,479 ft
  • Altitude end
    710 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,564 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    444 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Apr 14, 2018
Avg: 4 (3 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to upper-dan-s trailhead (44.614350, -123.318411)
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Upper Dan's Trail Reports

Apr 14, 2018 @ 10:20am
Apr 14, 2018
reporter Wet, sloppy, standing water. Tree has been cleared.
Mar 28, 2018 @ 2:07pm
Mar 28, 2018
reporter Downed tree about 50yd down trail from the first corner with a bench, after the cutoff to the road. Otherwise a little wet with some standing water.
Mar 17, 2018 @ 10:32am
Mar 17, 2018
reporter Good. It’s like the all time best March for Dan’s or what?
Mar 10, 2018 @ 9:51am
Mar 10, 2018
reporter Very nice, again!
Mar 4, 2018 @ 2:27pm
Mar 4, 2018
reporter Tacky. Not much spray. Pretty good for March!
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May 2, 2017 @ 3:11pm
May 2, 2017
Upper Dan's, Corvallis
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Mar 18, 2017 @ 10:36pm
Mar 18, 2017
Upper Dan's, Corvallis
155 |
Sep 11, 2015 @ 5:45pm
Sep 11, 2015
Upper Dan's, Corvallis
202 |
Dec 19, 2005 @ 1:07pm
Dec 19, 2005
Upper Dan's, Corvallis

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