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Bike Directory : Self-Guided Mountain Bike Rides

McDonald Dunn Forest Ride
Corvallis, Oregon

MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE AT A GLANCE

Difficulty:
Elevation: 550 ft at start
Elevation Gain: 1700 feet
Ride Distance: 8.4 miles round trip
Time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Scenic Quality: B - Great

How to get there:

From Interstate 5 take Highway 34 to Corvallis. Once in Corvallis take Harrison past 53rd Street and continue to Oak Creek Road, make a right. Take Oak Creek Road to the gate at the Oregon State University Forestry Lab buildings (green) and park. This gate is the main entry to McDonald Dunn Forest which is literally packed with excellent mountain bike, hiking and horse trails. For books and maps on the trails in the area go to the OSU Book Store on campus. The bike ride starts by going through the gate and following Road 600 through the valley. Follow Road 600 to the Dimple Hill saddle. After the crest of the hill there is a short downhill. Look for Road 620 on your left which will take you back down the hill to the parking lot where you started. I'm sure you will be smiling from ear to ear after this challenging and extremely fun ride.

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The ride:

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Camping:

There is no camping allowed in McDonald Dunn Forest unless you happen to be in the National Guard on maneuvers. There are many motels in Corvallis which can be used for lodging.

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Comments:

Contributed by Matthew Hocking, gtc@viser.net

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