Dan's Horse Connector Trail
- Trail System: Dimple Hill
- Season: Year-round
- Hours: Daylight
The Dimple Hill Trail area includes the Horse Trails, the Dan's Trails, and Quercus Meadow Trail. These trails connect with each other to provide many miles of high quality trails for hiking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding. Dan's Trail is used to access Dimple Hill, from which an excellent view of the valley is commanded.
Located in the Jackson Creek area of McDonald Forest, Dan's Horse Connector Trail can be accessed from Chip Ross Park. Dan's Horse Connector Trail serves as a connection point between the Horse Trails and the Dan's Trails. Dan's Horse Connector Trail passes through an area of McDonald Forest that is managed as mature forest for many types of wildlife to call home. Some tree species grown within this area are harvested to produce wood products used for building materials. Dan's Horse Connector Trail also passes through an old growth reserve. Old growth reserves located within McDonald Forest are low-elevation coniferous forests containing some large, 200+ year old Douglas-fir trees, as well as snags and fallen trees. Students and researchers study the ecology of these old growth reserves. Dan's Horse Connector Trail is a multiple-use trail open year-round to hikers, bikers, and equestrians. This trail is two-thirds of a mile long with a 64 foot gain in elevation. This trail runs along a steep hillside, so watch out for runoff after winter storms!
Trail description by: Oregon State University College of Forestry