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MacDonald Forest

Average Rating:    (4.28 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 40

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.
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Latitude
44.60513502085406
Longitude
-123.32221984863281
Trail Directions
Get off I-5 and head west to the college town of Coravallis. Take Harrison out of town to the west for about 5 miles. Take a right on Oak Creek and you're there.
Trail Length
How long do you plan living
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Corvallis
   


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Review Date
July 15, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: mgewton ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Why go elsewhere when you can go here. I haven't visited other trails to be able to recommend them.



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Review Date
June 4, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: joesport11 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Dan's trail to the top of Dimple Hill.



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Review Date
February 1, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: crashomatic ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
marys peak is seasonal and is a fantastic grunt and a nice descent. you earn your turns on this trail.



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Review Date
August 29, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ricomundy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.



Comments
-=WingMan=- (06/04/2007)
Go to Black Rock! It's near Monmouth in Falls City, there's a review on MTBR for it.
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Review Date
July 1, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ketus ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
dans trail or extendo.



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