Corvallis

A meadow trail dropping over the horizon...so much hope and optimism at the top of Dimple hill.  We won't mention what it took to get here, though.

A meadow trail dropping over the horizon…so much hope and optimism at the top of Dimple hill. We won’t mention what it took to get here, though.

Corvallis is a lovely little town with a population of very lovely people, 4% of whom are not engineers, or students/staff of OSU’s excellent school of engineering.  Its a great place to live (both TDM and TLRC call it home), even with all of those wire-rimmed glasses running around, and it happens to have quite the little trail system, lovingly referred to as “The Mac“.  The Mac is a bit of an acquired taste, and it tends to weed out people with pain receptors and/or no granny gears, but has some great riding if you know where to look, particularly if you have a hankering for steep logging road ascents followed by steep, fast and sometimes awkward descents. There are over 50 named trails here (and 25 names per trail, depending on who you ask), and I will describe a couple my personal favorite loops and segments as time allows.

There are also a bunch of other areas to ride in the region, including (in order of my arbitrary personal preference) the old-growth and trail riding perfection of Mary’s Peak, the well built trails and jumplines of Blackrock, and quality flow trails (and fun camping) of Alsea Falls.