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
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on Nov 11, 2017
Avg: 4 (3 votes)

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Upper Dan's Trail Reports

Nov 11, 2017 @ 1:03pm
Nov 11, 2017
reporter Wet leaves, sloppy, but no puddles.
Oct 18, 2017 @ 2:18pm
Oct 18, 2017
reporter Dry, for now. Rain is coming!
Oct 14, 2017 @ 10:30am
Oct 14, 2017
reporter Perfect. Wet enough to grip, but no puddles or slop.
Jun 11, 2017 @ 4:11pm
Jun 11, 2017
Mostly dry, some wet spray.
May 30, 2017 @ 9:28am
May 30, 2017
Dry. Riding well, not loose yet.
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May 2, 2017 @ 3:11pm
May 2, 2017
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Mar 18, 2017 @ 10:36pm
Mar 18, 2017
Upper Dan's, Corvallis
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Sep 11, 2015 @ 5:45pm
Sep 11, 2015
Upper Dan's, Corvallis
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Dec 19, 2005 @ 1:07pm
Dec 19, 2005
Upper Dan's, Corvallis

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