Lower Horse 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, Lower Horse Trail can be accessed from Chip Ross Park by following Lower Dan's Trail north. A short trail is located on the north side of Lower Dan's Trail that leads to the 612 Road. From that point, head north to the 610 Road and follow it to the entrance of Lower Horse Trail, which is located on the west side of the 610 Road. Lower Horse Trail passes through an area of McDonald Forest 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. Lower Horse Trail also passes through an area of McDonald Forest that is undergoing habitat conservation and restoration. This area was converted into farms and grazing lands by homesteaders. A strategy has been developed by Oregon State University's College of Forestry, whose goal it is to restore the ecologically and culturally significant oak and prairie habitats. These habitats support a diversity of native herbs, grasses, insects, birds, and wildlife. The ongoing restoration is creating many educational, cultural, and ecological opportunities for students, faculty, and tribes, as well as for the local community. Lower Horse Trail is a multiple-use trail open year-round to hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Lower Horse Trail is one-half of a mile long with a 123 foot gain in elevation. Lower Horse Trail is popular with mountain bikers because of its technical features and elevation gain. As the name implies, Lower Horse Trail is also popular with equestrians. Be on the lookout for horses and bikers as you make your way along this trail!
Trail description by: Oregon State University College of Forestry