MacDonald Forest - Trail, Corvallis, Oregon

MacDonald Forest - Trail, Corvallis, Oregon

DESCRIPTION

This place has got everything. Oregon State Universtiy is located in Corvallis, so all the locals are pretty young and rugged. Nice long hill climbs on single track, double track and fireroads. Some of the most technical trails you will ever find.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 15, 2008]
mgewton
Weekend Warrior

I've rode the trails here a couple of times. First as a green beginner, and nearly croaked being out of shape and unprepared with the "mountain" bike that I had at the time. I've always found the trails well kept and easy to access. People I've seen have been friendly so far and no issues with shared use. More recently I've rode the trails with my new bike and It's a lot more fun when you can enjoy the views instead of sucking wind just to live! Lots of fun to be had and easy to get to. Note - difficult ranges from easy to hard, so something available for everyone.

Customer Service

Follow the directions found elsewhere - I would just get you lost.

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Why go elsewhere when you can go here. I haven't visited other trails to be able to recommend them.

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5
VALUE
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4
[Apr 12, 2008]
evolDiesel
Weekend Warrior

Talk to the guys at Cyclotopia. They do regular evening rides, and these are enlightening. No one knows that system better than they do. Just look at their "drawn-in" map at the store. They have a labrynth of single track documented. Bring your digital camera and take a shot of it and add it to your map.

Customer Service

The west side. MacDun. There is some truly rediculous stuff in there. Like saddle in your stomach and still trying not to go over the bars lol.

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Great place to bring a beginner. Drop them down Dan's trail or take them around that relatively flat trail down by the lake at the logging sports facility (Peavey side of the forest). It's easy with lots to see.

And by the way... I want to say I respect the OSU Forest Patrol, but.. I don't know. A lot of riding had to go on to make that single track system in there. I mean.. it's well established! And you're telling us not to ride it? It's a little late now. Besides.. how much damage are we really doing? Is this like an Al Gore global warming thing? lol.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Jul 09, 2007]
Bill
Weekend Warrior

The McDonald Forest area has tons of single track, both easy and very technical. Dans Trail, Endo, and Extendo are the most popular (and easiest to get to) so are very easy and crowded. You can go off and explore other single tracks in the area and not duplicate your effort for days. There are some maps available at the bike shops (and others out-of-print...check on the wall at the fire stations ;-). Paul Dunn Forest is a short trip to the north, and Mary's Peak is a short trip to the west. All have miles and miles of all ranges of technical difficulty. You can ride the same single track they use for the McDonald Forest 50K/mile ultra trail marathon.

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4
VALUE
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4
[Aug 29, 2006]
Corey
Weekend Warrior

McDonald Dunn forest is by far one of the best and funnest places in Oregon to ride...it has it all....techincal single track, fast single track, open fire roads, over grown crazy downhill trails....what ever you want, they have it!

My advice, if you don't know your way around the forest, would be to go in or call a local bike shop and tell them the type of riding you want to do and they will help you find the best rout. Also ask someone riding the forest....most the locals will give you some good ideas and most may even invite you along with them to ride.

Customer Service

Ride in on Jackson Creek road, or from Chip Ross...all the way up horse trail...down rd. 600 to 620....down Alpha trail to rd. 810...up rd. 800...up Alien...down extendo...up Patterson Rd. to the top of Dimple...down Dans until it connects to the fire road...up that road to lower horse...lower horse all the way down home... 3-3.5 hour ride

Great ride, just make sure to bring a lot of water and some energy bars

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For a quick ride....up Jackson Creek Rd. or through Chip Ross....up Horse all the way to the top of Dimple...down Dans....up 610...down Lower Horse... 1.5 hour ride at the most...good quick loop!

From Oak Creek access, up Patterson Rd. left at rd 680, all the way up to the top of endo/extendo...down endo/extendo....1.5 hour ride at the most...

From Oak creek, up McColluch peak, down Ridge View....very hard and technical....2.5 - 3 hour ride

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4
VALUE
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4
[Jun 04, 2006]
joesport11
Weekend Warrior

I'm a beginner and this was the first time I had taken my bike to an actual trail. I started out at Chip Ross Park and headed up Dan's trail toward Dimple Hill. The climb was pretty tough for me, my legs were burning. The trail is in great condition now (June 2006), very smooth and no trees or brush across the trail. The top of Dimple Hill has a pretty cool view of Corvallis and surrounding hills. At the top of Dimple I rode a logging road to horse trail for my decent. Horse trail was also pretty smooth. It's fast downhill and has several switchbacks. I'd reccommend this trail to beginners or anyone looking for a little exercise on the uphill parts.

Customer Service

Dan's trail to the top of Dimple Hill.

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3
VALUE
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3
[Feb 01, 2006]
crashomatic
Weekend Warrior

if you know where the trails are they are great but routes change frequently as the mac forest is a "research" forest and the student logging crew is usually busy. ride with a local we are readily available at the local shops. our shop meets at 10 am on sundays at the oak creek gate. all authorized trails are seasonal and i dont promote or endorse riding the "unauthorized" trails which have been there longer and are in better condtion than the "authorized" trails. i apologize to the previous poster, give it another shot there are trails out here which are really fun and once you know where they are you can expand your choices

Customer Service

GO TO A LOCAL SHOP AND ASK how to find the functional and useable trails or you will spend hopeless hours in disappointment riding up and down fire roads get a map and know how to use it. the trails that are open and "authorized" are covered in horse/dog dookie, and hikers who dislike you screaming down on them, those trails are alpha,extendo, dan's and horse trail, which are so wide you could drive a subaru up them. hardly what one would call singletrack. the mileage is relatively unlimited with many loop and out and back options.

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marys peak is seasonal and is a fantastic grunt and a nice descent. you earn your turns on this trail.

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4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 29, 2005]
ricomundy
Cross Country Rider

This was my first time riding this trail and probably my last too. I drove all the way from Portland to ride here because of this trail's positive rating here on MTBR and was very disappointed. I started at the Oak Creek Access point described in the directions above. I had no problem finding the trailhead from these directions. There were some very helpful maps at the trailhead and following them I had no problem getting lost or knowing where I was. I rode up Rd 6021 (a smooth but steep gravel road climb that had me in the granny gear) up to 680 and across to Extendo Trail. It was a long hard climb, with some beautiful views but nothing remotely technically challenging. I went down Extendo. I didn't think it was technically challenging and most of it is almost wide enough to be called doubletrack. It is well maintained at this point (8/25/05) and there were no branches or brush in the way. It's pretty short for a downhill and once at the bottom I wished it would go on for another 10 miles. Then I could give it a 5 chili rating. Next I went up Patterson Rd to Dimple Hill and then down Dan's trail and then out the Chip Ross Access point from which I rode back on the road to Oak Creek. Dan's trail is almost as smooth and flat as the fire road and should be rightly called double track. It was almost boring to me it was so easy. Overall, I would not recommend anyone visiting Oregon to stop at this trail. I suppose for riders living in the area it is great to have a place to ride, but for me, trying to find some great Oregon trails as a visitor, I was disappointed.

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2
VALUE
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4
[Jul 01, 2005]
ketus
Weekend Warrior

i go to macdonald forest almost every weekend. of course i live like 10 miles from it but it is still rad. it has everything from fire roads to technical downhill singletrack. my favorite trails are dans trail and extendo trail. dans trail is a very fast singletrack trail. not very technical but quite a lot of jumps and fast parts. kindof annoying graveled switchbacks but okay. extendo trail has a little bit of everything. very technical rooty, rocky terrain and several aggressive uphills. both trails are very fast. dans trail is great for beginners and it is quite a workout riding all the way up dimple hill but it is worth it. there are loads of more trails in the area that are definately worth checking out.

Customer Service

dans trail or extendo.

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5
VALUE
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3
[Mar 24, 2005]
riverrat
Cross Country Rider

The large number of trees blown down in early 2004 were cleared from official trails in McDonald Forest by summer 2004. Dan's Trail is open year round and currently clear of blow down. Not very technical but very fun singletrack through older second growth forest. Nice views across Willamette River Valley to the Cascades on clear days. Riding up Horse Trail and down Dan's makes a nice loop. Riding up the Uproute Trail and down Extendo is another popular loop. Not very long though, takes about an hour. Extendo is closed during the winter months, but has seen some use in winter 2005 because of the extended periods of dry weather. Please don't ride it when it is wet. Most of the unofficial but frequently used routes into Mac Forest to the west of the Timberhill subdivision are currently difficult to access. Timberhill Corporation is clearing trees and putting in infrastructure for more homesites. Hopefully they will retain some public access points.

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0
VALUE
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3
[May 22, 2004]
End_User
Cross Country Rider

McDonald Forest is one of the best kept secrets of mid-valley (Corvallis) mountain biking. Easily accessible from town, and if you're lucky right out of your back door, there are tons of beautiful single track trails. Some authorized, some aren't. OSU researches how to cut down trees there -- I don't think a little back-woods riding is going to hurt compared to the logging they do. ;) FYI, most trails have been cleared but Dan's Trail (most heavily used, authorized trail) has about 30 big suckers across the trail (awaiting to be logged so I hear!)

Customer Service

shave-and-a-hair-cut.

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5
VALUE
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5
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